Mutabazi, Imanizabayo clinch two medals for Rwanda at Kigali peace marathon

By Wycliffe Nyamasege
On 9 June 2024 at 11:55

Rwanda secured two bronze medals at the Kenyan-dominated Kigali International Peace Marathon on Sunday, June 9, 2024.

Emmanuel Mutabazi bagged a bronze medal for Rwanda after finishing third, with a time of one hour, four minutes, and 27 seconds, during the 19th edition of the Global Elite Label men’s half marathon. Kenyan runner Francis Kipkorir Langat claimed the first position with a time of one hour, four minutes and four seconds, followed by his compatriot Leonard Kipkoech Langat who finished second with a time of one hour, four minutes and 24 seconds.

The winners were awarded $5,000, $4,000, and $3,000 in prize money.

In the women’s half marathon category, Emeline Imanizabayo was awarded a bronze medal after finishing the race in one hour, 14 minutes and two seconds. The gold and silver medals went to Kenya’s Winfridah Moraa Moseti and her compatriot Vivian Jepkogel Cheruiyot, who ran in 1:12:50 and 1:14:01, respectively.

Winfridah Moraa, Vivian Jepkogei and Emeline Imanizabayo awarded after their victory in the women's half marathon category.

It was a podium sweep for Kenya in the full marathon category, with Laban Kipngetich Korir, Cornelius Kibet Kiplagat, and Moses Mengich taking the top three positions. Kipkorir clocked 2:16:06 to lead the clean podium sweep, followed by Kibet (2:16:18) and Mengich (2:18:38).

Kenyan Laban Korir wins 'Kigali International Peace Marathon 2024.

In the female category, Joan Kipyatich and Florence Chepsoi Jepkosgei, both from Kenya, walked home with gold and bronze after running 2:33:27 and 2:39:34, respectively. The silver went to Ethiopia’s Abebayehu Meseret, who finished second in 2:36:08.

The annual sports event is organised by the Rwanda Athletics Federation (RAF) in partnership with the Ministry of Sports, to promote peace and athletic excellence on a global stage.

The 19th edition of the marathon attracted a total of 10,183 participants from 35 countries, including 4,001 foreign participants. This is the highest number of participants since the marathon’s inception in 2005.

Those who attended the event included Minister of Sports Aurore Mimosa Munyangaju, Minister of Local Government, Jean Claude Musabyimana, Mayor of the City of Kigali, Samuel Dusengiyumva, and President of the Rwanda Athletics Federation (RAF), Lt Col (Rtd) Kayumba Lemuel, among others.

Also present were First Daughter Ange Kagame and Clare Akamanzi, the CEO of NBA Africa, who participated in the 10-kilometer ’Run for Peace’.

Francis Kipkorir, Leonard Kipkoech and Emmanuel Mutabazi awarded after their victory in the men's half marathon category.