Uganda crosses the finish line in 44 minutes, 43 seconds; The Kenyan leads from end to end, reaching the mark of 49 minutes and 43 seconds
(updated at 10:11 am)
the The 97th edition of the Sao Silvestre racePlayed on Saturday mornings Sao Paulo, with two unpublished heroes. The first place in the women’s race went to the Kenyan Catherine RillenAt just 20 years old, she completed the route in 49 minutes 39 and outpaced her compatriots. Yimmer Woodthree-time São Paulo Grand Prix champion, and Kababush Yasma, the second and third place finishers, respectively. The birth of Brazilian Jennifer came in fourth place.
The winner was among the Ugandan men Andrew Koemoy, who crossed the finish line in 44 minutes 43 seconds, and became the first athlete from Uganda to win the Sao Silvestre Championship. The second place went to Joseph Banga from Tanzania and the third place went to another Ugandan, Maxwell Rotich.
Behind them, Brazilian Fábio Jesus Correia came fourth and threw himself to the ground, delighted with the conquest. “I think of my mom,” he said in an interview with TV Globo. “I think she used to give me strength.” “It’s not easy, our lives are a bit difficult. I worked as an uber, I’m a collector. My routine is very demanding, but I got here and did something that many doubted. I can only thank you.”
There were fears that the race would be hampered by the weather after a week of torrential rain. However, the capital, São Paulo, was sunny and the race was fought on dry ground from start to finish. Under the sun, many amateur participants paid tribute to Pele, who died last Thursday.
People carried banners with phrases like “Thank you Pele”, dressed in personalized clothes and displayed pictures of the King of Football. In one of the tributes, the athlete of the century’s photo appeared next to that of Erasmo Carlos, another Brazilian icon who passed away this year.
In the women’s contention, Kathryn Rielin emerged from the first group near the middle of the race and isolated herself at the front, without running into major threats until she crossed the finish line on the return to Avenida Paulista. Three-time champion Ymer Wude managed to reduce the distance slightly in the final stretch of the way, but ended up just behind the winner. Kabebush Yisma was right behind, followed by Jenifer Nascimento.
The men’s race was more balanced in determining the winner. Joseph Banga chased after Andrew Kwemoi, but did not let him retire and secured an unprecedented victory for Uganda in the traditional Brazilian road race. Banga crossed the finish line 26 seconds after Uganda. Then came Maxwell Rotic and the emotional Fabio Jesus Correa.
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