Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia and Brigid Kosgei of Kenya have won the 18th edition of the Bogota Half Marathon, clocking 1:04:30 and 1:12:17, respectively, in Colombia’s capital on July 30.

By Bob Ramsak (IAAF) |

Making their late race breaks in similar fashion, Feyisa Lilesa and Brigid Kosgei took convincing victories at the 18th edition of the Bogota Half Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (July 30).

Feyisa Lilesa, the Olympic marathon silver medalist, won by nine seconds over Peter Cheruiyot in 1:04:30, while Brigid Kosgei, a 37-year-old Kenyan road racing veteran, produced an even bigger victory, clocking 1:12:17 to beat compatriot Veronicah Nyaruai Wanjiru by 26 seconds.

In the women’s contest, the lead pair, along with Ruth Chepngetich, Mary Wacera and Meskerem Assefa ran together through five kilometers in 17:14 and through ten in just under 34 minutes. Given the Colombian capital’s 2640m above sea level altitude, it was an honest pace, keeping an assault on Susan Chepkemei’s 1:10:39 course record, set back in 2004, within the realm of possibility.

By 15 kilometers, it became a two-woman race with Veronicah Nyaruai running nine seconds clear. But Brigid Kosgei was just biding her time. She made her decisive move just after 20 kilometers to cruise through the finish unchallenged.

Ruth Chepngetich was third in 1:13:57 with Mary Wacera fourth in 1:14:36.

In the men’s race, a pack of nine ran through the first five kilometers in just under 15:50, but that was reduced to five by 10 kilometers, reached in 30:20. By 15 kilometers, this too became a two-man race with Feyisa Lilesa and Peter Cheruiyot at the front. Feyisa Lilesa then made his move after the 20-kilometre point en route to his comfortable victory.

Shura Kitata was third, another minute back in 1:05:40, with Stanley Biwott, the 2015 New York marathon winner, fourth in 1:05:54, in his comeback race from injury.

1. Feyisa Lilesa (ETH) – 1:04:30
2. Peter Cheruiyot Kirui (KEN) – 1:04:39
3. Shura Kitata (ETH) – 1:05:40
4. Stanley Biwott (KEN) – 1:05:54
5. Kimutai Kiplimo (KEN) – 1:06:14

1. Brigid Jepchirchir Kosgei (KEN) – 1:12:17
2. Veronicah Nyaruai Wanjiru (KEN) – 1:12:43
3. Ruth Chepngetich (KEN) – 1:13:57
4. Mary Wacera (KEN) – 1:14:36
5. Meskerem Assefa (ETH) – 1:14:46

Source: IAAF
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