Top 20 results of the 2018 Eldoret City Marathon that was won by Elkana Yego and Sharon Cherop



Elkana Yego, popularly known as "Kapkarwa" and Sharon Cherop, the 2012 Boston marathon champion emerged winners in the inaugural race on Sunday.
The men's race was particularly more competitive with three athletes battling for the prize up to the last few hundred meters of the race before Yego used his 1500m track experience to kick to the finish line in 2:12.44 where he almost collapsed to the ground had it not been for the medical staff who immediately caught him as he was about to fall. Philip Kangogo, past winner of the Barcelona and Kass international marathons came in second in 2:12.49 while Brian Kipsang followed closely in 2:12.50 to complete the podium.

In the women's race, a huge pack was together till after the 10km mark when there was a sudden move that immediately stretched out the field. Almost all the leading ten to fifteen runners each had a personal pace setter and by the time we crossed each other as they came in the opposite direction, they were running in pairs at around the 30km point. Cherop, with her pace setter, had already opened a big gap against her challengers and remained a clear contender till she crossed the finish line in 2:29.57. Lydia Cheromei followed to take 2nd place in 2:33.25 while Jane Seurei took 3rd in 2:33.46.
Touted as the richest marathon in Kenya and being held at the heart of the athletics community in Kenya, the Eldoret City marathon attracted one of the most competitive fields ever assembled in any marathon race anywhere. Not only was it because of the prize money, but it was as well an opportunity for others to take advantage of the cleared traffic and availability of water on the course to do their long run. Add that to the fact that the athletes had no issues applying for visas and purchasing air tickets to get here ,and you will understand why the fields were big and loaded.
Here are the top 20 results for men and women from the inaugural 2018 Eldoret City Marathon:

WOMEN:
1. SHARON CHEMUTAI CHEROP 2:29:57
2. LYDIA CHEROMEI 2:33:25
3. JANE JELAGAT SEUREI 2:33:46
4. MAUREEN CHEPKEMOI 2:34:13
5. JACKCLINE CHEPNGENO 2:35:08
6. EUNICE JEBICHII 2:35:34
7. PERIS CHEPKORIR KIPRONO 2:36:17
8. EUNICE JEPTOO 2:37:20
9. BEATRICE RUTO 2:39:36
10. GLADYS YATOR 2:39:52
11. NAOMI MASAI 02:40:08
12. PERIS JERUBET 02:40:29
13. IRENE JEPTANUI 02:41:48
14. EUNICE KIOKO 02:43:21
15. SALINA CHEBITOK TARUS 02:43:48
16. REBECCA JEPKOECH 02:45:12
17. MERCY JERUBET 02:45:47
18. FRIDAH DOMONGOLE 02:46:00
19. NAOMI JEPKOECH 02:46:11
20. SYLVIA JEMELI 02:46:46

MEN:
1. ELKANA KIBET YEGO 02:12:44
2. PHILLIP CHERUIYOT KANGOGO 02:12:49
3. BRIAN KIPSANG 02:12.5
4. EZEKIEL KIPTOO KORIR 02:13.2
5. DAVID TARUS 02:13.5
6. STANLEY BETT 02:13.5
7. SAMUEL LOMOI 02:14.5
8. EMMANUEL NDIWA 2:15:03
9. DAVID KIPKOECH 2:15:19
10. JACOB KIMUTAI YANO 2:16:21
11. WILFRED K. KORIR 2:06:38
12. ARNOLD KIPTAOI 2:17:25
13. RAYMOND KOMEN 2:17:27
14. BONIFACE MBUVI 02:17:48
15. ISAAC KIPROP RUTO 02:17:54
16. GILBERT MAINA 02:18:04
17. KENNETH KORIR 02:18:06
18. ABRAHAM KIRUI 02:18:13
19. LOITARAKWAI LENKURUSI 02:18:41
20. PHILEMON KEMBOI 02:19:19

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