Henry Sugut wins Vienna for a third time

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Apr 14, 2013
  • Henry Sugut celebrates after winning the Vienna marathon for the third time on Sunday.(Photo:Giancarlo Colombo/photorun.net)

Defending champion Henry Sugut produced a result at the Vienna City Marathon that fitted to the occassion.

It was the 30th edition of Austria’s biggest sporting event and the 27 year-old Kenyan added a piece of history to the event by becoming only the second athlete to win for a third time.

Back in the 80's it was Austria’s Gerhard Hartmann who triumphed even three times in a row, from 1985 to ’87. But of course the quality of the fields in those times can not be compared with today’s standards.

Hartmann’s best time in Vienna was 2:12:22 while Sugut needed to run around four minutes faster today. He clocked 2:08:19 in fine but warm weather conditions.

Kiptoo and Ndungu challenged Sugut After a very fast beginning with a 5 k split of 14:46 minutes the pace of the men’s leaders soon dropped significantly. Once the leading group of eleven runners had reached half way the clock showed 64:05. 

It was the defending champion Sugut who then increased the pace and broke up the leading group. Among those dropped was his training partner Gilbert Yegon, who finally finished fourth with 2:10:40, and Josphat Kamzee.

The Kenyan held on to a sub 2:11 finish in fifth place (2:10:49). But Solomon Kiptoo and Geoffrey Ndungu managed to stay right behind Sugut. “Between 36 and 37 kilometres I had a look at the other two. They seemed strong and I thought: I need to put in more energy to win this,” said Henry Sugut.

In a race dominated by Kenyans Solomon Kiptoo was second with 2:08:34 while Geoffrey Ndungu took third in 2:08:42.

In the women’s race Flomena Cheyech improved by almost ten minutes in Vienna. The 30 year-old Kenyan won with 2:24:34 and produced one of the biggest winning margins in the race’s history.

She was streets ahead of Ethiopians Assefa Meskerem (2:31:18) and Eyerusalem Kuma (2:32:24). Kenya’s Emily Samoei followed in fourth place with 2:32:48.

But there was of course an Ethiopian winner as well on Sunday: Haile Gebrselassie took the OMV Champions Race with 61:14. This half marathon was staged parallel to the marathon and it was Gebrselassie’s first race this year. The 39 year-old was well ahead of Hosea Kipkemboi (Kenya/62:01) and Mekuant Ayenew (Ethiopia/62:21) in a race he won for a third time in a row.

A record number of 41,326 runners had entered the various events of the Vienna City Marathon. 10,588 of them were marathon runners. The event is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race. Men’s race:

But it was only with around two kilometres to go when he finally was able to move ahead and leave Kiptoo and Ndungu behind.