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Kenyan runners win Hornbill Half Marathon

Kenyan runners win Hornbill Half Marathon
Moses Kiptanui Kibor (2nd from right) along with the other winners after receiving the award at Naga Solidarity Park, Kohima on Sunday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 8 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/8/2019 12:52:46 PM IST

International runners from Kenya, Moses Kiptanui Kibor and Hannah Wanjiru Gatheru stole the show at 9th Hornbill Half Marathon as they won the men’s and women’s titles in Kohima on Sunday.

The event was organised by 3E Nagaland as part of Hornbill Festival in association with Nagaland Athletics Association.

Moses Kiptanui Kibor from Kenya emerged as the new champion in the men’s category. The 23 year old Kibor completed the half marathon (21.09 KM) in 1:10.19 seconds to beat the last year’s winner record by 2 minutes and 32 seconds. 

While his colleague, Philip Kiprotich Kiptoo secured the second position (1:11.14). Last year’s runners up I Mosa Chang managed to take third position (1:12.14) bettering his last year record (1:13.16). 

The best Naga runner outside top-three, Hempao Khiam, who finished the marathon by 1:14:00, was also awarded with cash and citation.

In the women’s category, Kenyan runner Hannah Wanjiru Gatheru clinched the first position after finishing the half marathon in 1:25:36 seconds. 

Two-time Hornbill Marathon winner Shyamali Singh from West Bengal secured the second position (1:32:10) while Tsucho T (1:41:50) and Peheiteile Esalung (1:42:06) came in third and fourth position respectively. 

The Half Marathon comprised of 21.0975 KM for men and women which started at the historic Kohima War Cemetery, and finished at Naga Solidarity Park.

The champion of both the categories received Rs. 50,000 while the second and third received Rs.25,000 and Rs. 15,000 respectively.

Meanwhile, Neilangulie Rutsa emerged as the winner of the Great Hornbill Run (boy’s category) after completing the 9.1 KM in 35 minutes 53 seconds. Thejangulie Sote came in second position while Toshi Wangsa and Nenshalo Jemu in third and fourth position respectively. 

In the girl’s category, Songmo Shiu secured the first position finishing the run in 41 minute 33 seconds. Flora Tsela bagged the second position while Thongkoi and Vekholhülü came in third and fourth respectively. 

The winner of both categories received a cash prize of Rs.10,000 while the second, third and fourth received Rs.7000, Rs.5000 and Rs.3000 respectively. 

In the afternoon, painting competition for class 8 and below was held at Naga Solidarity Park Kohima. Kevizayie Dzüvichü was declared the winner and received Rs.5000 along with gifts, while Dziesezo Edward Mechülho and Saneninla Longkumer came in second and third position. They received Rs.3000 and Rs.2000 respectively.

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