Up until Sunday, he had been dealing with numerous second-place finishes.
Victory finally came for Kenya’s Henry Kiplagat. The young runner prevailed in the Mattoni Prague Grand Prix in Prague. In that race, a 10K on the roads, he defeated marathon world-record holder Patrick Makau. His finishing time was 27:51.
“A great race, I enjoyed it”, said Kiplagat. “I had no strategy, I just ran, ran fast and this is how it turned out. Finally I was alone in the front”.
Makau finished a disappointing tenth.
“I felt tired and also the cobblestones were not good for me. I was careful at every step, I didn’t want to get injured,” he recalled. “However, it was very good speed training for the Frankfurt Marathon in October. And the atmosphere? Was unique.”
The women’s race was 5K with Tadelech Bekele of Ethiopia prevailing in 15:48.
“Although I usually run longer races, I am happy that I was able to do it, even though I wasn’t the favourite to win,” she admitted.
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