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Sang defends, Kirop surprises at Portugal Half Marathon

A fantastic battle between two Kenyans, defending champion Silas Sang and the 2009 World Marathon silver medallist Emmanuel Mutai, produced a course record in Lisbon. Helena Kirop, a late entry, took the women’s race ahead of a pair of Portuguese runners at the Vodafone Portugal Half Marathon.

About 15,000 people crossed the Tagus river bridge (Vasco da Gama Bridge) in a mass race, which provided a strong winner, Silas Sang, who retained his Lisbon title. The 31-year-old produced a personal best of 1:00:20 to take the victory ahead of his fellow countryman Mutai, the winner here in 2007, who clocked 1:00:44, also personal best.

Both where together from 15 km, when Uganda’s Nicholas Kiprono (1:00:25 PB) fell behind them to finish third in 1:01:01….Read More

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