Double win for Kenya at Grossglockner Berglauf mountain race

Lengen Lolkurraru and Joyce Njeru take victory in the second round of the WMRA World Cup in Austria.

Grossglockner Berglauf

by Paul Halford |

Kenyans dominated yesterday's Grossglockner Berglauf mountain race in Austria, the second stage of this year's WMRA World Cup.

Lengen Lolkurraru won the men's race while Joyce Njeru led a one-two-three for the nation in the men's race.

In the uphill-only race of 13km with 1265m of ascent, Britain's Charlotte Morgan, who won the opening race of the World Cup, was 10th.

In cool, drizzly conditions, Njeru and Purity Kajuja Gitonga led the women's race along the flat first kilometre with former world mountain running champion Lucy Murigi following closely. These three separated themselves from the chasing field before Njeru streteched away to a 24-second win in 1 hour 23 minutes 46 seconds. Murigi was third in 1:28:00.

In the men's race, Lolkurraru and last year's winner, Germany's Filimon Abraham, led from early on, chased by Kenya's Geoffrey Gikuni Ndunga and a large group.

Lolkurraru pulled away in the final third of the race to form a 46-second lead by the end as he crossed the line in 1:11:48. Abraham was second and Ndunga was caught by Austria's Manuel Innerhofer, who was third (1:13:44).

The next round of the World Cup will be the La Montee Du Nid d’Aigle in St Gervais, France, on Saturday.

Pic credit: Marco Gulberti

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