Rio Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya lived up to the expectations to win the mens title, while Ethiopian Worknesh Degefa captured the women’s title in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon held here on Sunday. (Latest Sports stories)Kipchoge clocked 59.44 minutes, while Yigrem Demelash of Ethiopia finished second with a timing of 59.48 minutes. Kenya’s Augustine Choge was third after finishing the race in 1.00.01 hour.In the women’s race, Degefa clocked an hour, seven minutes and 42 seconds to finish 10 seconds ahead of second-placed compatriot Ababel Yeshaneh.Kenyan Helah Kiprop claimed the third spot with a timing of an hour, eight minutes and 11 seconds.LAKSJMANAN, MONIKA BEST INDIANSG. Lakshmanan and Monika Athare emerged winners among the Indian men and women competitors respectively.Lakshmanan finished the race in one hour, four minutes and 37 seconds — one second ahead of second-placed Md. Yunus.Man Singh clocked one hour, four minutes and 40 seconds as the men’s race witnessed a closely-contested fight.Meanwhile, Monika timed one hour, 15 minutes and 34 seconds to be declared champion, while emerging runner Sanjeevani Jadhav was just a second late to be second.Swati Gadhave was a distant third with a timing of one hour, 17 minutes and 43 seconds.She conceded that she was low on confidence coming to the competition as her training was not perfect.