Sunday, January 15, 2017

American Leonard Korir wins Houston Half Marathon

American Leonard Korir won the Aramco
Houston Half Marathon.
Photo by Kristine Kelly, TexSport Publications
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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2016 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (January 15, 2017) After 13.1 miles, American Leonard Korir out battled Feyisa Lilesa take to claim the Aramco Houston Half Marathon title on January 15, 2017. Both runners were credited with the finish time of 1:01:14, with the Colorado native edging out the Ethiopian at the tape. The winning time places Korir, who was a 2016 Olympian and finished 14th in the 10,000 meters, sixth on the All-Time performance list for the event and second on the All-Time list by an American. Third place was Hiskel Tewelde Ghebru of Ethiopia with the of 1:01:07 with fellow countryman Fikadu Tsadik placing fourth with the same time.

In the women’s half marathon Veronicah Nyaruai Wanjiru (Kenya) took top honors with the time of 1:07:58. Ethiopian Dera Dida Yami was eight seconds back in second place, with Mary Wacera (Kenya) placing third. The top American was Jordan Hasay, who finished fourth with the time of 1:08:04.

Next year’s event is scheduled for January 14, 2018.

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