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News Archive Lel takes gold for Kenya as Tanzania win first team gold

After a closely run race, Martin Lel won the final sprint to snatch individual

gold for Kenya in the men’s race in Vilamoura this morning, while a gutsy

run from John Yuda won Tanzania its first ever team gold in the World Half

Marathon Championships.

For much of the 21 kilometres of this World Half Marathon Championships, the

race had had been dominated by a tightly bunched lead pack of ten athletes,

with the East Africa nations of Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania contesting both

individual and team honours.

With Tanzania’s John Yuda – who had won bronze in the previous

two editions – largely touted as a favourite for the highest step of the

podium, the Tanzania team set out determined to make this a self-fulfilling

prophecy, going out hard from the start, but unable to detach themselves from

the rest of the East African field in the first kilometres.

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