Kiprono, Cherono triumphant in Rome

Kiprono, Cherono triumphant in Rome

Clement Langat Kiprono and Peris Lagat Cherono achieved a Kenyan double at the Acea Run Rome the Marathon, on Sunday 19 September 2021.

Cherono in Rome/Giancarlo Colombo

Clement Langat Kiprono and Peris Lagat Cherono achieved a Kenyan double at the Acea Run Rome the Marathon, on Sunday 19 September 2021.

Kiprono won the men’s race in 2:08:23, beating his compatriot Emmanuel Naibei by five seconds. Deresa Geleta from Ethiopia crossed the finish line in 2:08:42 for third place, as Kenya triumphed for the 14th time in the Eternal City.

Kiprono, who claimed U20 silver at the 2010 World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz and set a PB of 1:00:29 in the half marathon in Houston in 2018, launched his decisive kick in the final kilometres and went on to win his debut marathon. 

“I am happy with my win," said Kiprono, who lives and trains in Eldoret. "I had never run a marathon. I achieved my best result at the Houston Half Marathon in 2018."

Cherono took the honours in the women’s race in 2:29:29, beating her compatriot Judith Jurubert (2:30:50) and Ethiopia's Fantu Zewude Jifar (2:32:02).

The women’s race was decided in the final stages when Cherono closed the gap on her fellow Kenyans Winfridah Moraa Moseti and Jurubert, who had led for most of the competition. Cherono broke away shortly before the 40km mark to cross the finish line clear. 

Diego Sampaolo for World Athletics

Leading results

Women
1 Peris Lagat Cherono (KEN) 2:29:29
2 Judith Jurubert (KEN) 2:30:50
3 Fantu Zewude Jifar (ETH) 2:32:02

Men
1 Clement Langat Kiprono (KEN) 2:08:23
2 Emmanuel Naibei (KEN) 2:08:28
3 Deresa Geleta (ETH) 2:08:42

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