Kenya’s five-year reign in the Bogota Half Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, was brought to an end on Sunday.
2013 world championships marathon bronze medallist Ethiopia’s Tadese Tola ended a five-year winning streak by Kenyan men at the race and became just the second Ethiopian winner in the 17-year history of the event in the Parque Simon Bolivar.
Tola – running his first international race since finishing second in Bogota 12 months returned a winning time of 1:05:16 which was the slowest in the history of the race.
Kenya’s Mariu Kipserem trailed Tola with 15 seconds to finish in second place as fellow Kenyan Kiprop Limo finished a distant third in 1:06:19.
The first local runner home was 42-year-old Colombian international Diego Colorado, who finished sixth in 1:07:40 .
The 2013 world championships marathon bronze medallist Kenya’s Purity Rionoripo won the women’s race.
Rionoripo the 2009 world U18 3000m champion posted the second fastest women’s winning time in the history of the women’s race when she stopped the clock in 1:11:56, winning by almost two minutes.
Rionoripo, broke away seven kilometres into the race and seemed immune to the adverse conditions as she powered away from her rivals before winning in a time only superseded by the outstanding course record of 1:10:29 set by her compatriot Susan Chepkemei in 2003.
The 2005 world U18 3000m champion Kenya’s Veronica Nyaruai, , finished a distant second in 1:13:41. Defending champion Ethiopia’s Amane Gobena finished third in 1:14:11 to surrender the title.
More than 40,000 runner participated in the half marathon and associated 10km race on Sunday morning.