Heading into the 12th Boston Athletic Association Half Marathon on Sunday, Allan Kiprono was four seconds behind fellow Kenyan Sam Chelanga and Ethiopian Ali Abdosh in the BAA Distance Medley standings.
Abdosh and Chelanga’s cumulative times in the first two events – the 5K and 10K races – were a dead heat at 42 minutes, 21 seconds. Kiprono was at 42:25.
But Kiprono made a strong statement Sunday and grabbed the lead around the fourth mile and never relinquished it as he set an event record with a time of 1 hour, 1 minute, 44 seconds on the way to victory that earned him $6,000 for the race and a $100,000 bonus for winning the medley.
The race began in Franklin Park, traveled through the Emerald Necklace park system and finished at White Stadium.
Lani Rutto of Kenya was second at 1:01.55 and Chelanga was third in 1:03.22.
Kim Smith of New Zealand, who resides in Providence, earned an even more decisive victory in the women’s race with a time of 1:10.57, beating Aheza Kiros of Ethiopia, who finished in 1:12.50. Smith, who went into the half marathon with a 16-second advantage over Kiros in the cumulative time after the first two races, broke away from Kiros at Mile 9 and built her lead the rest of the way to earn the $100,000 bonus and $6,000 first-place prize.
”You have to maintain the pace and control the pace so these guys cannot catch you at all,” said Kiprono, who had been bothered by a sore right hamstring after the 10K he ran on June 24.