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Kenyans win maiden Airtel Ijebu Heritage Half Marathon

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Winners displaying their replica cheques at the end of the Airtel Ijebu Half Marathon…at the weekend

Kenyans on Saturday dominated the Airtel Ijebu Heritage Half Marathon, with Hosea Kiplimo taking the gold medal in 12 kilometres race. He finished the race in 1:02:36, while his counterpart, Rhonzas Kilimo finished second in 1:02:57.

The third position went to another Kenyan, Timothy Ronoh, who raced to the finish line in 1:02:59.

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The women’s race was also won by another Kenyan, Sandra Chebet in a time of 1:10:42, with two Ethiopians taking the second and third positions respectively. Gebaynesh Ayele came second and Beyenu Degefa was third with a time of 1:10:52 and 1:11:02 respectively.

The first Ijebu man to finish the race was Femi Olusanya, a police officer from Ijebu Ode, who promised to do better in the next edition.

11-year-old Abigail Ogunbowale made history as the youngest participant to complete the 21km race.

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