KENYAN athlete, Abraham Too, won the Rock City Marathon held in Mwanza yesterday after recording two hours, 22 minutes and 45 seconds to finish the men’s 42km race.
Too was followed by his compatriots Moris Motima, who clocked 02:23:19 to finish second, and George Okocha, who finished third after clocking 02:23:27.
The race, which started and finished at the CCM Kirumba Stadium, witnessed Kenyan athletes taking top seven positions with Tanzanian, Paschal Mombo, finishing eighth after clocking 02:30:43.
Deputy Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Juliana Shonza, who flagged off the race, also participated in the 3km race accompanied by other government officials.
Speaking after winning the race, Too praised the good coordination of the race which enabled him to compete without unnecessary challenges and said he was well prepared for this year's race.
“I prepared very well this year and the number of participants has been improving every year, so, athletes must have good strategies to face the tough competition in this race... I thank God for helping me win this race,” he said.
Kenya's female athletes also won the top positions in the race, with Alice Gladys Otero clocking 02:48:18 to emerge the winner, followed by her compatriots Tecla Chebet, who finished second with 02:54:28 and Flavious Kwamboka who clocked 02:57:32 to finish third.
Tanzanian Banuelia Bryton from Moshi finished in the sixth position in the race clocking 03:14:41.
The winners of the men and women categories in race, held in Mwanza for the eighth year in a row, took home 4m/- apiece, second finishers were awarded 2m/- apiece while third finishers left with 1m/- apiece.
In the men’s 21km race, Peter Limo from Kenya emerged the winner after clocking 01:05:24, followed closely by his compatriot, George Wayaki with 01:05:50.
Tanzania Chacha Boy, who clocked 01:05:59, finished in the third place.
Kenyan Dorifin Omare won the women’s race after recording 01:17:12 followed by her compatriots Alice Mogiare with 01:18:30 while Maiselina Issa finished third with 01:19:55.
The race witnessed participants who are also sponsors of the race from PUMA, Tiper, NSSF, RedBull, Tanzania Tourism Board (TTB), New Mwanza Hotel, EF Out door, CF Hospital, KK Security, and printing company SDS participating in the 5km race with people with albinism.
Speaking during the prize-giving ceremony, Shonza congratulated participants and organizers of the race and urged the stakeholders to work with the government to promote athletics in the country.