Kenyan athletes dominates Istanbul Half Marathon

Kenyan runners have clinched the 17th edition of the Istanbul Half Marathon, an annual road running event that hosted thousands of athletes this year.

More than 5,000 athletes from almost 65 countries competed in the race organized by Spor Istanbul, a sub-company of the Istanbul Municipality.

Against the backdrop of the city’s landmarks on the historic peninsula, runners competed in the categories of a 21-kilometer Half Marathon and 10K race.

Starting from Yenikapı, where the bus stops are located, the route continued through the coastline and ended at the starting point.

Rodgers Kwemoi, a 25-year-old athlete, clocked 59 minutes and 15 seconds to smash the track record in the highly contested Half Marathon.

Other Kenyan athletes, Daniel Mateiko and Emmanuel Bor, followed Kwemoi in the elite category, with 1 hour 05 seconds and 1 hour 20 seconds, respectively.

In the elite women’s category, 32-year-old Kenyan athlete Hellen Obiri came in first with 1 hour, 4 minutes and 48 seconds, leaving her rivals behind.

She was followed by Ethiopian athlete Tsehay Gemechu, who finished the race in 1 hour, 5 minutes and 52 seconds, and Kenyan Vicoty Chepngeno, who took 1 hour, 6 minutes and 58 seconds.

Turkish athletes Ramazan Özdemir finished the race with a time of 1 hour 4 minutes and 2 seconds, while Yasemin Can reached the finish line with a time of 1 hour 7 minutes and 67 seconds in the women’s category.

Unlike the Half Marathon, Turkish athletes dominated the 10k race.

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