By Ben Ochieng and Kimathi Kamau
NAIROBI, Oct 27 (Xinhua) -- Two Kenyans, Kennedy Mungara Winifrida Kwamboka, won the 11th edition of the Standard Chartered Nairobi International Marathon held on Sunday amid tight security to deter any eventuality of acts of aggression.
Kwamboka won the women's category to continue the trend of the race not having had a defending champion since its inception in 2003.
Mungara (40) stopped the clock at 2.11:40 to carry home 18,000 U.S. dollars which was the first prize for the marathon winners.
Mungara was in the first pack of runners, with the second group 100 meters away, when he broke away at the 37km mark and ran ahead of everyone to take the first podium position.
"I had to give it my all to fend off an assault from the runners-up who was really breathing down my neck. I am happy I won the race, though as I left my house, my inner self was telling me I would win the race," Mungara said during a post-race interview.
"This was part of my preparations for the coming Commonwealth Games in which I anticipate to represent Kenya," Mungara said.
The father of three who trains in Limuru, about 40km west of Nairobi, at 40 becomes the oldest runner to have ever won the Nairobi Marathon.
Hosea Korir took the second place in a time of 2.12:05 with Barnabas Kipyego taking the third spot when he finished in a time of 2.14:07.
The 25-year old said he has previously participated in the Cologne Marathon before deciding to concentrate on the local road races, which the Kenya holds in plenty.