Demadonna's Justus Kipkosgei (Kenya) is the winner of the Ceske Budejovice Half Marathon 2017


kangogo ceskeFighting unseasonably warm conditions Demadonna's represented Justus Kipkosgei of Kenya was the big winner of the men's Ceske Budejovice Half Marathon 2017 - an IAAF Gold Label Road Race on Sunday 03.

With the thermometer holding steady at 27 C throughout the late afternoon contest, Kangogo's efforts were rewarded early on when another pre-race favourite, Abraham Akopesha, lost his shoe in the first seven kilometres. Kangogo then pulled away for good and was never threatened.

Kangogo reached the finish line in 62'47", and well back compatriot Paul Kariuki Mwangi took second in 64'33" with Brazil's Paulo Paula pulling off a surprise to finish third in 65'25".

"I think it was one of the most difficult races I’ve ever run. I was on my own for a long time, and was pretty surprised to see the others drop off so soon. Today’s time may well be a fair way off my personal best, but given the heat which didn’t give us any rest throughout the whole race, I have to say I’m pleased.” said Kangogo.


chesirIn the women's race our Rebecca Kangogo Chesir of Kenya had to settle for a second position with a time of 73’05". She was edged by compatriot Agnes Jeruto Barsosio who despite the warm conditions described above, was able to cruise in a new race record of 69'53", to highlight the sixth Ceske Budejovice Half Marathon. Olga Skrypak of Ukrain was third in 74'12".

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