Bernard Kipyego, who has had a series of second-place finishes in the last few marathons, shrugged off the silver tag and grabbed the men’s gold in the first Muthoot Finance Cochin International Half Marathon at the Maharaja’s Stadium here on Sunday.
The 27-year-old broke away after the 18km mark to lead a Kenyan sweep in the 21km event.
Emmanuel Mutai, the runner-up in this year’s London and Chicago marathons, finished second while Eliud Tarus was third.
Meanwhile G. Lakshmananwalked away with the Elite Indian men’s title while his district-mate L. Suriya staved off a strong challenge from Asian Games steeple chase champion Sudha Singh to win the women’s trophy.
The results: Elite men: 1. Bernard Kipyego (Ken) 1:02.56s, 2. Emmanuel Mutai (Ken) 1:03.02, 3. Eliud Tarus (Ken) 1:03.15.
Elite women: 1. Helah Kiprop (Ken) 1:11.57s, 2. Yeyenesh Dinkesa (Eth) 1:13.28s, 3. Tizita Niguse Wubishet (Eth) 1:53.12.
Elite Indian men: 1. G. Lakshmanan (ASI, Pune) 1:04.38s, 2. Kheta Ram (ASI, Pune) 1:06.57, 3. Soji Mathew (Rly) 1:07.39.
Elite Indian women: 1. L. Suriya (Rly) 1:19.47s, 2. Sudha Singh (Rly) 1:19.51, 3. Kavita Raut (Rly) 1:20.03. — Stan Rayan