Anthony Maritim and Ruth Chebitok scored a double victory for Kenya in the men’s and women’s category at the Zurich marató de Barcelona, an IAAF bronze label road race, on Sunday.
The men’s race opened at a steady 3 minutes per kilometer rhythm set by pacemakers, who went through the early checkpoints in 15 minutes 11 seconds at five kilometers, 30 minutes 23 seconds at 10 kilometers, and 45 minutes 40 seconds at 15 kilometers.
The first surprise came when the reigning champion, Kenya’s Jonah Chesum, began to lose ground with 40 minutes on the clock to lose any chance of defending his title.
Maritim was the clear winner at the tape in 2 hours 8 minutes and 8 seconds, while too came in second with 2 hours 8 mins and 52 seconds. Kipsambu completed a clean podium sweep for Kenya