Uganda’s Kiplimo wins Kigali International Peace Marathon
By Fred Mukunza
Uganda’s Philip Kiplimo has won the 2019 Kigali International Peace Marathon that took place on Sunday in the Rwandan capital Kigali.
Kiplimo clocked 2.20.21 to beat Kenya’s duo of James Tallam and Reuben Kemboi who came second and third respectively. “I am happy to come here and win the Marathon. It was hard work against very tough opposition,” said Kiplimo after the race.
It was a full clean sweep for Kenya in the men’s half marathon, as Shadrack Kiminine won the gold medal in 1.01.36 seconds, while Sane Mathew came second and Festus Chemjor settled for third place.
In the women’s category of the half marathon race, Kenya’s Celestine Chepchirchil won the gold medal in 1.14.44. Marthe Yankurije from Rwanda settled for second place, while another Kenyan Martha Akeno came third.
The 15th edition of the Kigali International Peace Marathon attracted about 3,900 participants, including professionals and amateurs from 55 countries.
Started in 2004 as an amateur race to use sports in the healing and reconciliation process in the aftermath of 1994’s Rwandan Genocide, the event has grown to become one of the most respected annual athletics events on the continent and a significant part of the Rwandan sporting calender.