Bountiful weekend for Kenyan athletes

Bountiful weekend for Kenyan athletes
Simon Njeri celebrates victory in Verona

Kenyan athletes were in dominant form at several races across Africa and Europe this past weekend.

Kenyan athletes were in dominant form at several races across Africa and Europe this past weekend.

Cynthia Kosgei and Daniel Yator completed a double in Libreville, Gabon when they won the women’s and men’s races at the Gabon Marathon on Sunday 20 November. 

Kosgei won the women’s race in a time of 2 hours 28 minutes 40 seconds with Ethiopia’s Almenesh Herpa coming in second in 2 hours 48 minutes 54 seconds as a second Kenyan Sharon Cherop was third in 2 hours 49 minutes.


Yator won the men’s race in 2 hours 18 minutes 37 seconds, finishing ahead of compatriot Edwin Kipleting who timed 2 hours 20 minutes 03 seconds as Ethiopia’s Daniel Aschenik was third in 2 hours 22 minutes 27 seconds. 

Crossing over to Europe where Erick Kimutai Kering won the second edition of the Gran Canaria Maspalomas Marathon in Maspalomas, Spain in a time of 2:27.04 on Sunday.

2015 African U20 silver medallist, Fredrick Kipkosgei Kiptoo defended his title at the 27th edition of the Palermo Marathon held  in Palermo, Italy. He clocked a new personal best of 2:16.44 as compatriot Bonface Fundi Njiru took the second spot in 2:25.45.

Jackline Jeptanui won the women’s race in Palermo in a time of 2:38.44. 

34 year old Simon Njeri was also victorious in Italy, winning the Verona Marathon in 2 hours 18 minutes 47 seconds.