Sammy Kitwara wins the 2016 EDP Lisbon Half Marathon
Kenya’s Sammy Kitwara improved his personal best by one second when he won the EDP Lisbon Half Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, in 59:47 on Sunday (20).
Kitwara has an 11-second advantage over his compatriot Kenneth Kipkemoi coming into the final kilometre, after passing 20km in 56:38, and he extended that advantage all the way to the line.
Kipkemoi came home second in 1:00:05 with another Kenyan, Paul Lonyangata, third in 1:00:11.
In the women's race, Ethiopia’s Ruti Aga won in 1:09:16, winning a three-way battle over the final kilometre.
Her countrywoman Wude Ayalew was seven seconds in arrears while Kenya’s 2009 10,000m world champion Linet Masai was third in 1:09:33, an improvement of more than two minutes on her only previous race over the distance.
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