DAP's Barselius Kipyego of Kenya defended his title in a course record fashion at the Usti nad Labem Half Marathon, an AAF Gold Label race on Saturday (16).

 

berselius ustilabenOn his third year's consecutive return to Usti nad Labem on Saturday 16, where in 2015 he finished second in 1h00'59", and last year he returned to the race to smash the course record by 83 seconds and stablising a personal best of 59'15", Barselius had no second thoughts abaout taking charge of the race when he was unhappy with the pacemaker's job.

The first large leading pack went through five kilometers in 14'03". At this point Kipyego soon took control of the race and led the field through 10 kilometera which was reached in 28'09" with 10 men still in the group.

Barselius (24-year-old) continued to pick up the pace, and by the time he reached 15 kilometers mark, he had just two runners remaining in contention: Kenya’s Josphat Tanui and Tanzania’s Ismail Juma.

Few minutes later, the Kenyan duo managed to drop Juma. But it would be Kipyego to take the best over his compatriot sprinting to perfection and stop the clock at 59'14", exactly one second quicker than his winning time from last year.

“The pacemaker wasn’t the best, so I tried to push because I wanted to break my PB and the course record,” said Kipyego. “The course was very nice and the weather was good.”

Tanui, had to settle for a second place in 59'22", while Juma, also represented by Demadonna Athletic Promotions, finished in third place with a Tanzanian record of 59'30".

 

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