Newsarchiv Rop and Chepchumba take impressive Lisbon Half Marathon victories

Kenyans Rodgers Rop (59:49) and Joyce Chepchumba (68:11) won the mens and

womens races respectively at this morning’s Lisbon Half Marathon. The

men’s race was particularly fast, but, even so, Paul Tergat’s event

record (59:06) was not beaten.

No one has ever won the Lisbon Half Marathon twice, however last

year’s winner Martin Lel tried hard to reach that goal today. He was

leading the race until the final metres but Rogers Rop didn’t intend to

give him that honour, and passed him just before the finish line, and only two

seconds separated them 59:49 to 59:51.