Wilson Kipsang emerges as the second fastest runner in Marathon History

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  • Wilson Kipsang emerges as the second fastest runner in Marathon History

Wilson Kipsang emerges as the second fastest runner in Marathon History

Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich, 29-year-old long distance runner from Kenya, who appeared in short distance races as well, while running in the Frankfurt Marathon, carved out history in long distance running.

The Kenyan was regarded as the sixth fastest runner over a distance of half marathon, for marking a finish of fifty eight minutes and fifty nine seconds.

He claimed his second straight victory in the Frankfurt meet. To emerge as victor, he took two hours, three minutes and forty two seconds to breast the tape.

His second best finish at Frankfurt also marked a new course record. However, it is worth mentioning that the previous world record of two hours, four minutes and fifty seven seconds was also set by the same Kenyan runner.

Kipsang broke his own world’s second best record by four seconds. The legend-in-making also boasts of claiming the Lake Biwa Marathon title.

He was followed by Levy Matebo, who hit the finish-line in two hours, five minutes and sixteen seconds.

The third place was claimed by Albert Matebor who finished his race in two hours, five minutes and twenty five seconds.

With the fastest finish of two hours, three minutes and thirty eight seconds, Patrick Makau, another Kenyan, claims the honor of being the world’s fastest marathon finisher.

The young performer, Makau, claimed the title while running in Berlin Marathon, Germany, about a month ago.

Running at Frankfurt, Kipsang decided to run shoulder to shoulder with the leading group in the race until the 35-km mark was crossed.

From there onwards, he decided to pull away from the rest of the lot to embark on the world record.

An interesting occurrence in the race was that in the top eleven positions, ten were claimed by the Kenyans. Moreover, about 14 men finished their race within two hours and ten minutes.

Siraj Gena, the Ethiopian performer, was perhaps the only non-Kenyan runner who finished amongst the top lot. He finished the race in the eighth place.

On the women’s side, another Ethiopian, Mamitu Daska prevailed over her rivals for breasting the tape in two hours, twenty one minutes and fifty nine seconds. Her finish observed a new course record for the race.

Other prominent performers of the race were Agnes Kiprop and Flomena Chepchirchir who finished for second and third place, respectively.

After an outstanding performance, Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich has now earned the title of being the second fastest runner in the world.

 

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