Kirwa defends half marathon title in Marugame

Continuing her momentum from 2016 that included the silver medal performance in the Rio Olympic Games Marathon, Eunice Kirwa on 5. February made it two-in-a-row as champion of the Marugame (Japan) Half Marathon.

Eunice Kirwa‘s winning time of 1:08:07 in Marugame missed her personal best and Bahrain national record from ’16 by just a single second, but both her 10 km split (31:37) and 15 km split (47:58) established new personal bests over those distances.   Finishing a close 2nd behind Kirwa was Amy Cragg of the United States (1:08:27), while Riko Matsuzaki of Japan was a distant third (1:11:04).  The 1:08:07 puts Kirwa in 3rd place on the 2017 women’s world half marathon chart behind the 1:07:58 by Veronica Wanjiru of Kenya and 1:08:06 by Deva Dida of Ethiopia.

Also competing in Marugame, Kenneth Kipkemoi finished 8th with a time of 1:01:27, which puts him in 13th place on the 2017 men’s world half marathon chart.

Three other Personae-managed athletes made noteworthy road performances in early 2017, all at the Standard Chartered Marathon Mumbai, held 15. January:  Bornes Kitur – 1st in 2:29:02 (personal best and improving from last year’s 2nd place); Personae-newcomer Eliud Barngetuny – 3rd in 2:10:39 (personal best); and Jacob Cheshari – 4th in 2:11:46 (improving from last year’s 5th place).

(photo credit: Getsurikui)
(cover photo credit: Belga)  

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