Henry Kiplagat and Joyline Jepkosgei of Kenya triumphed at the 38th edition of the Marseille Cassis, an IAAF Silver Label Road Race in southern France, on Sunday (30).
Kiplagat who led a Kenyan podium sweep took over from the 2012 and 2015 winner compatriot Edwin Kipyego who was unable to make the trip to France to defend his title, thus thwarting his bid to become just the third runner to win this event three times.
Edwin Rotich, who couldn’t respond to the late race charge by Kiplagat, crossed the line five second in arrears to settle for second.
Remmy Ndiwa wound up third in 1:00:45, just three seconds ahead of compatriot Ezrah Sang in fourth spot.
“I was troubled by some foot problem in the end,” said a disappointed Rotich, who clocked a 59:32 half marathon lifetime best a week ago. “I would have preferred that Edwin Kipyego took part in the race to run faster.”
In the women’s contest, Jepkosgei produced a dominating performance to win in 1:07:00.
No one could sustain her pace and she never faded, even on the challenging Col de la Gineste, as she forged on to lower the previous course record, set by Kenya’s Mercy Kibarus in 2012, by 54 seconds.
With Jepkosgei’s win extended the Kenyan winning streak in the women’s race to seven editions.
Jepkosgei’s compatriot Parendis Lekapana was a distant second in 1:09:25 as Ethiopia’s Godfay Afera rounded the podium in 1:10:20.
- Henry Kiplagat (KEN) 59:28
- Edwin Rotich (KEN) 59:33
- Remmy Ndiwa (KEN) 1:00:45
- Joyline Jepkosgei (KEN) 1:07:00
- Parendis Lekapana (KEN) 1:09:25
- Godfay Afera (ETH) 1:10:20