Stephen Kiogora wins Las Vegas Marathon
Kiogora has won the New Las Vegas Marathon today (Sunday, 4th
celebrating the biggest success of his career so far. The 31-year-old
runner from Kenya clocked 2:11:56. On the famous Las Vegas Strip
Stephen Kiogora left behind
his nearest rival by more than a minute. It was his first win in his
marathon. Additionally the Kenyan also won ,The Challenge’ in Las
Vegas. The women got a head start of 14:40 minutes, but it was Stephen
who broke the tape first.
triumph as a runner came along with the biggest payday in Stephen Kiogora’s
life. Besides a $ 50,000 first prize he collected another $ 50,000 for winning
,The Challenge’. "With the wind, I knew that it would be a tactical race,
and I raced according to our training," Stephen Kiogora said to ,Running USA Wire’.
Kiogora had prepared for the New Las Vegas Marathon in Boulder (Colorado) together with his KIMbia team
mates under the guidance of coach Dieter Hogen. In the past he had already
shown his potential in the marathon. In last year’s hot BAA Boston Marathon
Stephen Kiogora had finished fourth and he was runner up in the Coke Zero Rock
& Roll Marathon 2005.
In cold and
windy conditions the race was started at 6 am. After a slow first half of 68:26
minutes the pace was picked up. Stephen Kiogora then covered the second half in
much faster 63:30 minutes, showing his capability. Between 17 and 18 miles the
men’s leading group caught the leading women and ,The Challenge’ was decided in
favour of the men. Stephen Kiogora and Titus Munji, who is the seventh fastest
marathon runner ever with a personal best of 2:06:16, then surged away from the rest of
the group. It was after about 24 miles when Stephen Kiogora left behind his
last rival: Titus Munji then finished second with 2:13:19. Ethiopia’s Tekeste Kebede took third place
In contrast to the men’s race the women’s race was decided in the final 150 metres. After a thrilling sprint the first three crossed the line within one second. Adriana Fernandez (Mexico) won the race with 2:31:54. “Until the very last metre I was not sure if I would win today”, Adriana Fernandez said. Second placed Galina Bogomolova (Russia) was given the same time as Fernandez while third placed Dorota Gruca (Poland) clocked 2:31:55.
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