Kenya’s Misoi and Barsosio win the inaugural Nairobi City Marathon

Runners take part in the Nairobi City Marathon in Nairobi, Kenya, May 8, 2022. /Xinhua

Runners take part in the Nairobi City Marathon in Nairobi, Kenya, May 8, 2022. /Xinhua

Brimin Misoi and Agnes Barsosio won the inaugural Nairobi City Marathon here on Sunday, taking home $60,000 each.

The richest event in Africa saw 10,000 runners tackle the route along the Nairobi Expressway.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta created the Uhuru Classic marathon organized by the Ministry of Sport, Culture and Heritage.

In the men’s marathon, Misoi led a Kenyan victory over the podium as he recovered from a fall at the start and sprinted ahead of his challengers before finishing the course in 2:08:30.

His late-race climb put him on the tape ahead of Richard Rop, who finished second in 2:09:17, while Daniel Yator finished the podium in 2:10:15.

“After running for about 54 minutes, I felt strong enough to pick up the pace and I did so to win today,” said Misoi, who won the 2018 Athens Marathon title.

While the men’s race delivered a three-way battle for victory, the women’s full marathon witnessed a solo demolition job from Barsosio, who pounded the track almost unchallenged before stopping the timer in 2:24:45

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency

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