Bett bettered by champ’s tactics

Great South Run men's race winner Moses Kipsiro, centre, with second-placed Emmanuel Kipsang, left, and third-placed Emmanuel Bett Picture: Malcolm Wells
Great South Run men's race winner Moses Kipsiro, centre, with second-placed Emmanuel Kipsang, left, and third-placed Emmanuel Bett Picture: Malcolm Wells

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MOSES KIPSIRO’S perfect tactical approach prevented a happy Morrisons Great South Run homecoming for Emmanuel Bett.

But the 2015 men’s race winner thanked the man who took the title two years ago for his support after crossing the line first.

I had to wait for my time to come and when it was there I had to take it.

Moses Kipsiro

Kipsiro took the crown as he clocked a time of 46min 00sec.

The 29-year-old finished eight seconds in front of Kenya’s Emmanuel Kipsang with Bett third in 46.11.

There was Kenyan dominance in the men’s race with seven of the top eight coming from the country.

But it was Ugandan Kipsiro who finished as winner as he emerged victorious from his duel with Bett.

And he feels he got his approach to the race spot on to allow him to do that.

Kipsiro said: ‘It was a strong opening and then I wanted to push every few minutes.

‘I didn’t want to push, push and push so every few minutes would drop back.

‘When we went through seven miles Emmanuel Bett broke from the group and I followed him.

‘When I was able to follow him I thought this was my chance to win the race.

‘I had to wait for my time to come and when it was there I had to take it.

‘Emmanuel helped me so much by pushing me all of the time.

‘You can’t run alone but I proved that you can have a strong opening and run faster later in the race.’

It took until around the seven-mile mark for Bett and Kipsiro to pull away from the rest of the men’ field.

That was after going through the half-way point in 23.04.

It wasn’t until the last mile Kipsiro made his move to win, though, with Kipsang coming on strong to edge Bett into third.

Kipsiro paid tribute to the support he had over the race’s finale.

He said: ‘I’m so happy.

‘I enjoyed running here because of the weather and the course.

‘At the end the support was a big difference around eight and nine miles.

‘It pushed me at the finish and I loved it.’

After savouring the big race experience of the Great South Run Kipsiro is planning a return next year.

And getting close to Joseph Ebuya’s 45.15 course record will be on his mind.

He said: ‘I would love to come back next year and I hope to return. If the weather is good and I’m in strong shape a record is something which could happen.’