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Mike Rosenbaum

Kenyans Win Half Marathon Championship Titles

By April 3, 2014

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Two streaks ended at the World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen last Saturday, with Zarsenay Tadese involved in both. Tadese had posted five victories and one runner-up finish in the previous six Championships, but the Eritrean missed the podium in Copenhagen by finishing fourth in 59:38. Three other runners pulled away from Tadese and the rest of the pack in the final 6 km, with Kenya's Geoffrey Kipsang taking the gold medal in 59:08. Samuel Tsegay of Eritrea edged Ethiopia's Guye Adola for second place, as both runners were credited with a time of 59:21.

The other broken streak was Kenya's tally of six consecutive team championships. Led by Tsegay, Tadese and fifth-place Nguse Amlosom (1:00.00), Eritrea gained the team title in Copenhagen.

It was all Kenya on the women's side as Gladys Cherono led an unprecedented one-nation sweep of the top five places, winning the race in 1:07.29. Kenyans Mary Wacera (1:07.44), Sally Chepyego (1:07.52), Lucy Kabuu (1:08.37) and Mercy Jerotich (1:08.42) took second through fifth to easily give Kenya the women's team championship. The top non-Kenyan was Netsanet Gudeta of Ethiopia, who was sixth in 1:08.46.

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