Kenyan athletes emerged top finishers at the International Peace Marathon race which took place in the capital Kigali on Sunday, walking away with several medals.
But Uganda’s Philip Kiplimo won the gold medal in full marathon men’s category race after covering a distance of 42 kilometer in 2hrs, 20mins and 21 seconds.
Kenyan athletes James Tallam and Reuben Kemboi won the silver and bronze medals, respectively in the full marathon men’s category.
Kenyan Shadrack Kiminine won the gold medal in the 21kilometer half marathon race men’s category in 1hr, 4mins and 36 seconds.
Other Kenyans Sane Mathew and Festus Chemjor won the silver and bronze medals, respectively in the same category.
In the women’s category half marathon race, Kenya’s Celestine Chepchirchil won the gold medal in 1hr, 14mins, and 44 seconds.
Rwandan Marthe Yankurije and Kenyan Martha Akeno won the silver and bronze medals respectively in the women’s category half marathon race.
Winners in the two categories walked away with $5000.
The competition in its 15th edition attracted more than 3800 participants, including professional athletes and amateurs from 55 countries.
It involved 42 kilometer race for full marathon, 21kilometer race half marathon, and 10 kilometer run for fun.
The annual competition started in 2004 as an amateur race geared at facilitating the healing and reconciliation process in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
But it has since grown into an annual athletics event attracting participants from Rwanda and beyond.