Sports Culture and Arts Cabinet Secretary Dr. Hassan Wario on Wednesday 13th September 2017 flagged off the team that will represent Kenya during the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon.
“Today marks another step in bringing that pride to our country’s flag. We are pleased to call you Team Kenya and we will be glad to see you go forth and win it for us too. This opportunity provided by Sanlam is a platforms for you to build on the current reputation and recognition our country holds in track and field. Today, as we strive to do every day, we offer you all our support- that you go there and reaffirm our position said CS Hassan Wario.
Sanlam Kenya Group CEO Mugo Kibati noted that the Kenyan flag is going to fly high. “We are absolutely sure that our country’s flag will fly high. We are rooting for your success as you represent your sons, your daughters, relatives and a nation at the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon. Sanlam Kenya is proud to have you in this year’s race so go out and build a name for yourselves. “Noted GCEO Mugo Kibati.
Dr Wario promised the athletes winning bonuses of 1 Million Kshs, 500,000 kshs and 250,000 kshs for the podium victories in South Africa. The Cabinet Secretary conveyed a goodwill message for the team while expressing confidence of a win at Africa’s only IAAF Gold label status marathon during a brief national flag handover at Sanlam Kenya Headquarters,
The elite local runners confirmed for the race set for September 17th marathon include Laban Mutai and Duncan Maiyo for the Men’s race. In the women’s race, Agnes Jepkemboi Kiprop and Doris Chepkwemoi Changeywo will be taking on the scenic course for the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon. The Kenyan team will depart the country tomorrow for the premier event this weekend
The route this year has been modified to make it even faster with the elimination of several turns, thereby giving both local and international athletes the chance to chase record times and personal bests. Pacers, introduced last year, will once again play an integral role in enabling runners to achieve record-breaking times.
MEN’S INTERNATIONAL ELITE FIELD:
- Laban Mutai (KEN) 2.08.01
- Asefa Negewo (ETH) 2.08.41
- Seboka Nigusse (Erre) 2.09.14
- Duncan Maiyo (KEN) 2.09.25
- Motlokoa Nkhabutla (LES) 2.09.47
- Abraham Habte (ER) 2.11.56
- Sintayehu Legese (ETH) 2.11.07
- Thomas Ayeko (UGA) Debut
- Ezekiel Tarus (KEN) Debut
WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL ELITE FIELD:
- Agnes Jepkemboi Kiprop (KEN) 2.23.54
- Betelhem Moges (ETH) 2.24.29
- Fantu Eticha (ETH) 2.26.14
- Lisa Hahner (GER) 2.28.39
- Doris Chepkwemoi Changeywo (KEN)2.31.50
- Tish Jones (UK) 2.33.56
- Genet Habela Abdurkadir (ETH) Debut
- Meseret (Asefaw) Taye (ETH) Debut