Harrison Kivisu @PeopleSports11
Madoka Half Marathon champions Isaac Langat and Nancy Kiprop have turned their focus on the upcoming international assignments after recording an exemplary performance in the 12th edition of the Safaricom-sponsored race at the famous Ngerenyi Farmers Training Centre in Taita Taveta county at the weekend.
Langat, from Kericho Athletics Club, and Kiprop, participating as an individual, triumphed in both men’s and women’s races clocking 1:04:28 and 1:14:05 respectively.
Twenty-five year-old Langat, who finished fourth in the 2015 edition of the event, now wants to prepare for the Frankfurt Marathon set to take place this Sunday in Germany where he hopes to emerge victorious.
“I wanted to win this race to sharpen my skills for the upcoming Frankfurt Marathon next weekend,” said Langat, who has international experience, having participated in the 10 km race in Czech Republic last month.
He added: “The race was very competitive but I was determined to win. My mission now is to focus on the upcoming competitions this year.”
Langat beat Joseph Koech of Keroka Athletics Club to second place in 1:04:15 with Kiplangat Shadrack, participating as an individual, claiming third place after clocking 1:04:38.
Meanwhile, Kiprop, 34, who won the women’s race, says it was part of her preparations for the December 10 Honolulu Marathon, the first timer terming the event as one of the most competitive she has ever featured in.
“My focus now is to participate in the Honolulu Marathon in the United State where I hope to win. I wanted to use this event to prepare myself for that competition,” said Kiprop.
Winners of the main 21km race, which started at the Ngerenyi farm, traversing through the Taita Hills before ending at the same venue, received Sh500,000 for their efforts.
The event is brainchild of former Cabinet Minister Major Retired Marsden Madoka and is aimed at tapping athletics talent in the Coast region.