Runner's Web
Runner's and Triathlete's Web News
Send To A friend Know someone else who's interested in running and triathlon?
Send this Runner's Web Story's URL to a friend.   Comment on this story.
Visit the FrontPage for the latest news.   |     View in Runner's Web Frame

Posted: September 13, 2009  :

(RRW) Athletics: Kitwara Prevails At Fast Rotterdam Half-Marathon

From David Monti
© 2009 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

NOTE: Look for detailed results on this event in tomorrow's Race Results Weekly --Ed.

Kenya's top road racer, Sammy Kitwara, turned back all challengers at today's Fortis Rotterdam Half-Marathon in the Netherlands, and became only the sixth man in history to crack the 59-minute barrier for the standard 21.097 km distance.

Kitwara, 22, clocked a course record 58:58, ten seconds ahead of compatirot Jonathan Maiyo, who also ran a personal best 59:08. The diminutive James Kwambai, the Kenyan who is the third fastest marathoner of all-time, finished third in 59:09. The first seven men, all Kenyans, broke the one-hour mark.

The world record holder for the distance and the reigning Olympic marathon gold medalist, Samuel Wanjiru, finished ninth in 1:01:08. He's preparing for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 11.

According to data provided by athlete agent Zane Branson, the lead pack passed through 5 km in a blazing 13:37, and 10 km in 27:44. The 15-K mark was reached in 41:53.

Results of the women's race were not immediately available.

Subscribe to the Runner's Web Weekly Digest

Check out our FrontPage for all the latest running and triathlon news.

Top of News
Runner's Web FrontPage

© 1996 - 2009 - All rights reserved.
  Google Search for: Q: size=31 maxlength=255 value=""style="font-size:8pt; background-color: #FFCC33; color: #000000">   in   Web Site       Translate