Koech Sets Course Record In Riga

The Kenyan had to fight hard for his win.

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The Kenyan had to fight hard for his win.

Sunday’s race at the Nordea Riga Marathon was entirely Kenyan affair. The winner of the IAAF Bronze Label Race was Duncan Koech, who happened to be one of the pre-race favorites.

Koech’s winning time was 2:15:35, the ninth fastest time he’s clocked in any marathon.

The Kenyan set a new course record along the way, shaving 13 seconds off the previous mark. And the relatively pedestrian time is not indicator of the 31-year-old’s true fitness; he ran a 2:09:10 in Dusseldorf.

Koech’s Latvian win was the third victory of his career.

In 2008, he won the Hannover Marathon and prevailed at the Bucharest Marathon in 2010.

Koech had to fight for his victory. Tewelde Naam Weldeyohans of Eritrea was in the lead after the pack crossed the half-marathon point in 66:41.

He kept his lead up to the 35K point and, at that time, was 41 seconds ahead of Koech.

However, after the 40K mark, Weldeyohans began to fade while Koech reeled him in.

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