Chep­ku­rui, Ng’eno now plot­ting for world dom­i­na­tion

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports Local -

BY STAN­LEY MAGUT / Af­ter im­pres­sively se­cur­ing wins at the Sa­fari­com Keri­cho 10km run, the win­ners Ernest Ng’eno and Sheilah Chep­ku­rui are now tar­get­ing the world stage.

Men’s win­ner Ng’eno who won the Mi­lan marathon in May is hope­ful of en­ter­ing into the one of the World Marathon Ma­jors next year.

With a per­sonal best time of 2:07.54 he clocked last year with a vic­tory at the Yangzhou marathon, Ng’eno is pol­ish­ing his skills ready to ad­vance his marathon ca­reer next year.

“I have been yearn­ing to com­pete in one of the world ma­jor se­ries and I be­lieve I will make it next year now that I have a per­sonal best of 2:07 which could en­ter me in either of the races,”Ng’eno who trains in Iten said.

He said he was us­ing the Keri­cho event to pre­pare for a race abroad be­fore the end of the year.

“Of course I will also try to run my per­sonal best and maybe I will get an in­vi­ta­tion for the big­ger se­ries. I can see my ca­reer is pro­gress­ing and win­ning Mi­lan marathon was not easy,”Ng’eno added.

Ng’eno clocked 29.16 to win Keri­cho 10km run af­ter a stiff chal­lenge on the course with Ndakaini Half marathon win­ner Pa­trick Kipng’eno who came in sec­ond in 29.22.

Den­nis Chep­kwony clocked 29.45 in third while Charles Bore (29.54) and Philip Koech (29.57) closed the top five fin­ish­ers.

In the women’s cat­e­gory, Chep­ku­rui who won gold in 5000m at the African Cham­pi­onships in South Africa is tar­get­ing to rep­re­sent Kenya at the World cham­pi­onships next year in Lon­don.

“This year I rep­re­sented my coun­try at the African cham­pi­onships and my in­ten­tion is to make a de­but in the world cham­pi­onships,”Chep­ku­rui said.

She trains with marathoner Caro­line Kilel and Beatrice Chep­koech who rep­re­sented Kenya at the Rio Olympics.

“I train in Keri­cho with my col­leagues whom have been in Team Kenya for in­ter­na­tional event and I am train­ing smart with a view of qual­i­fy­ing for the world cham­pi­onships next year,”Chep­ku­rui ex­plained.

Chep­ku­rui led the Keri­cho race from the gun to the tape call­ing shots in front with her team­mates.

At the 9km mark, she broke away from the field to take the crown.

“It was hard but through team­work we were able to break the field.”

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