Mathew Kisorio continued his fantastic comeback from a two-year drugs ban by registering his third major local victory in as many months.
He blew the opposition to smithereens to win the 2014 Eldoret Family Bank Half Marathon.
Kisorio floored a classy field of over 400 runners to add the Eldoret title to the Ndakaini Half Marathon victory a fortnight ago and the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga 15km crown he clinched on July 15.
The only blemish on his near perfect record was a second place finish in the Menengai Half Marathon a week ago.
Kisorio, a member of Kenya’s team to the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, took a bold move by powering ahead and ran unchallenged to the tape, stopping the clock in an impressive 63.17 minutes.
A large crowd, comprising family members and fans, broke the security cordon to storm the finish line and give warm hugs to Kisorio, who has promised to do big things in athletics after serving a two-year ban for using performance enhancing substances.
WORLD CLASS RUNNERS
Kisorio passionately hugged his two-year-old son Tevin and wife Priscah, and declared he was just about ready to take a stab at the world half marathon record.
“To God be the glory, he’s back,” Priscah celebrated the latest triumph by her husband, who comes from an athletics family.
His father, Some Muge, was a pioneer Kenyan cross country runner and brother Peter Some the 2011 Paris Marathon champion.
Kisorio’s other younger brother, Nicholas Togom, is also a world class road runner with a few local and international titles under his belt.
“With two half marathon wins, I can convince myself that I am ripe to go for a world 21km record, which I had prepared for at the time I received the ban,” said Kisorio.
“In a special way, most of my family members have come to give me morale and I could not have disappointed them,” added Kisorio, who again apologised to his fans for having been misled to use banned substances.
Daniel Kosgei was a distant second, crossing the finish line in 63.22 with Dan Keitany coming third in 63.41.
In the women’s race, Mercy Kibarus’ bids to retain title were thwarted when newcomer Peres Jepchirchir fought hard to win.