Kitwara wins in Sao Paulo
04 March 2015, 13:18
Nairobi - Sammy Kitwara confirmed his status as the world's best 10km runner after
he claimed his fifth win in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Sunday.
Belaynesh Oljira of Ethiopia claimed her country's first victory in four years in the women's race.
Facing one of the strongest winds in the history of the race, former
world half-marathon bronze medallist Kitwara completed the distance in
28:51, the slowest winning time since the race turned international in
World 10,000m bronze medallist Oljira launched a strong sprint to
overcome her Kenyan rivals and take Ethiopia's first World’s Best 10k
victory since 2011.
"Wow, what can I say? I love winning here," said Kitwara.
"The competition was tough and I had to push all the way until the
finish line. John (Mwangangi) wouldn’t let me go and I gave my best to
take this important victory."
The women's race featured another
battle between Kenyans and Ethiopians.The lead group of 11 at the 3km
mark was reduced to four with two kilometres remaining, leaving just
Cynthia Limo and Betsy Saina of Kenya as well as Ethiopia's 2011 winner
Sentayehu Ejigu and Oljira.
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