ATHLETICS : Kenyan Sammy Kipngetich ready to defend 42Km MTN Marathon title

DAVID GOMBE

Last year’s 42Km marathon winner in the men’s category, Sammy Kipngetich from Kenya is optimistic ahead of the 2018 edition that he will defend his the title.

The Kenyan also expects a competitive race and wished all the participants the best of luck in the MTN Marathon slated for Sunday 25th, November 2018.

“I am very ready to compete and try to win again the 42km marathon this year. I know it won’t be easy but I am very focused ahead the race.”

It’s always a great honour for me when I come to run here in Uganda because we are brothers and sisters. I won’t feel bad if a Ugandan takes the day because it’s a competition and I wish every participant a great marathon.” Said the 2017 MTN Marathon champion.

Fellow Kenyan and last year’s 42 Km winner in women category Rael Kimaiyo Kurgat has also confirmed participation in the 2018 edition. Both champions will be competing against a contingent of over 300 other elite runners from across the region and Uganda.

The Athletes will compete in the following races, 42Km, 21Km and the 10Km road races and over 20,000 participants are expected to compete.

Some of the elite runners that will participate in the MTN Kampala Marathon

42km – Men

Sammy Kipngetich Kurgat -Kenya – 2017 winner

Eliud Kapchanga Cheptei – Kenya – 2015 Winner

Katesigwa Banuelia Brighton – Tanzania

Bayo Emmanuel Gadiye – Tanzania

42km women

Rael Kimaiyo Kurgat -Kenya – 2017, 2016 & 2015 winner

Migadde Caroline – Uganda – 2017 runner up. Winner 2014.

Suuto Jane – Uganda – 2006, 2008, 2011 – Winner 42 and 21Km winner 2007

Mengich Monicah Kepkorir – Kenya

21km – Men

Kipsiro Moses Ndiema – Uganda

Daniel Rotich -Uganda – 2017 winner

Kibet Moses – Uganda

Tonui Elkana Kipkurui – Kenya

21km – Women

Doreen Chesang – Uganda – 2017 winner

Emilly Chebet – Uganda – 2015 winner

Chemos Viola – Uganda

Lydia Nasimiyu Wafula – Kenya

10km – Men

Kipyeko Phillip

Kibet Kevin

Ayeko Joel

10km – women

Chelangat Sarah

Chemutai Phanice

Chemutai Peruth

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