Paralympian wins Barcelona marathon14.03.2017
Kenyan T46 runner Kipkemoi Chesum, a London 2012 Paralympian, originally started the race as pacemaker.
Kenya’s Paralympic distance runner Jonah Kipkemoi Chesum was the surprise winner of the Barcelona marathon in Spain on Sunday (12 March), crossing the line in 2:08:57 in his first ever race over the 26.2mile distance.
Chesum had started his debut marathon as one of three pacemakers, but just after the 30km mark he realised a winning performance was on the cards as the favourite, Ethiopian Sisay Jisa Mekonnen, dropped out injured.
The 27-year-old stretched the field, and by the time the finish line approached he had established a significant lead, taking the tape nearly 30 seconds clear of his compatriot Jacob Kurui, another of the pacemakers, who finished second in 2:09.24.
“Today was my first marathon, I've run some half marathons and I've done well, I really did not expect this mark."
“Today was my first marathon, I've run some half marathons and I've done well, I really did not expect this mark," said Chesum after the race.
The Kenyan, who suffered an injury to his right hand as a child, has in recent years been focussing on the UK road-race circuit, competing successfully in a number of 10km and half marathons.