Posted by: Joe English | September 22, 2008

Racing: Wanjiru wins again in Porto half-marathon

Sammy Wanjiru has won another race over the weekend; Wanjiru won the Porto half-marathon in Portugal in a time of 1:01:24.

The 21-year old Wanjiru is quickly becoming one of the world’s best marathon runners. Last month he won the gold medal in an new Olympic Record time (2:06:32) at the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. This came in just his third race at the marathon distance. His marathon personal best is 2:05:24, which he set at this year’s London Marathon in April.

Wanjiru is the half-marathon world-record holder with a world-leading personal best of 58:33 over the 13.1 mile distance. He also holds the world junior record for 10,000M (26:41.75).

After the race, Wanjiru told the IAAF: “This was not so easy to win, because I’m still recovering from the Olympic Games marathon,” Wanjiru said. “So, this was a good performance.” He won today’s race by 1 minute and 15 seconds over the next closest finisher.

Elite Results from the Porto Sports Zone Half-marathon
Lisbon, Portugal
September 21, 2008

Men:
1. Samuel Wanjiru, KEN 1:01:24
2. Jacob Yator, KEN 1:02:41
3. Thomas Kipkosgei, KEN 1:02:53
4. Wilson Kenbenei, KEN 1:04:13
5. Rui Pedro Silva, POR 1:04:56
6. António Salvador, POR 1:05:19

Women:
1. Pamela Chepchumba, KEN 1:10:26
2. Lena Cheruyot, KEN 1:10:36
3. Gladys Cherono, KEN 1:10:42
4. Alba Console, ITA 1:12:31
5. Marisa Barros, POR 1:13:56
6. Vanessa Fernandes, POR 1:17:04

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