After a closely run race, Martin Lel won the final sprint to snatch individual
gold for Kenya in the men’s race in Vilamoura this morning, while a gutsy
run from John Yuda won Tanzania its first ever team gold in the World Half
For much of the 21 kilometres of this World Half Marathon Championships, the
race had had been dominated by a tightly bunched lead pack of ten athletes,
with the East Africa nations of Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania contesting both
individual and team honours.
With Tanzania’s John Yuda – who had won bronze in the previous
two editions – largely touted as a favourite for the highest step of the
podium, the Tanzania team set out determined to make this a self-fulfilling
prophecy, going out hard from the start, but unable to detach themselves from
the rest of the East African field in the first kilometres.