Kirui, Chep­tai top

Tuskys Wareng cross coun­try hotly con­tested

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports | General - BY STAN­LEY MAGUT /

Africa Cross Coun­try ju­nior silver medal­list Ron­ald Kirui tore through a strong field to win the 12th Tuskys Wareng cross coun­try yes­ter­day in El­doret yes­ter­day.

Kirui, who is still a ju­nior ath­lete ran over es­tab­lished run­ners in­clud­ing the IAAF world cross coun­try cham­pion Japhet Korir and world cross coun­try ju­nior cham­pion Moses Mukono.

Kirui clocked 28:03 to take the ti­tle from Mukono’s reach af­ter he missed the path to the fin­ish line.

Mukono set­tled for sec­ond in 28:07 while Ti­mothy Rono timed 28:08 to seal the podium po­si­tions.

For­mer world cross coun­try cham­pion Korir came fourth in 28:14 ahead of Leonard Lang’at ( 28:19 ) and Bernard Kip­ke­moi ( 28:25 ) who fol­lowed in that or­der.Kirui who paced the Delhi Half Marathon last week­end where Olympic cham­pion Eliud Kip- choge won, said he is hop­ing to rep­re­sent Kenya at the world cross coun­try cham­pi­onships.

The trio com­manded the race ex­chang­ing leads and at the fi­nal whis­tle, Mukono was calling the shots.

How­ever, head­ing to the tape he missed the path al­low­ing Kirui to over­take him.Kirui has rep­re­sented Kenya twice at the Africa cross coun­try and world ju­nior cham­pi­onships this year in Poland where he fin­ished sev­enth over 10,000m.

“I am still a ju­nior run­ner and to­day I came to test the wa­ters in the se­nior cat­e­gory be­cause I am about to grad­u­ate.I still have to run at the world cross coun­try be­fore I move to se­nior ranks,”Kirui said.

Irene Chep­tai who set­tled for sev­enth in 5000m at the Bei­jing cham­pi­onships car­ried the day. She clocked 31:15 to win the women’s 10km cat- egory beat­ing for­mer world youth Olympic cham­pion Gla­dys Ch­e­sir to sec­ond in 31:41 while Vi­vian Je­mu­tai fin­ished third in 32:01.

Jack­line Adun­y­ona was fourth in 32:04 as Mag­da­line Ma­sai timed 32:12 for fifth. Beatrice Chep­koech, who rep­re­sented Kenya in the 3000m steeple­chase at the Rio Olympic Games, closed the top six fin­ish­ers in 32:16.

“I have rep­re­sented Kenya in world cross coun­try but in ju­nior cham­pi­onships and it is my prayer to work hard to makle the team for Kam­pala show,”Chep­tai said.

In the men’s 8km ju­nior, Ni­cholas Kimeli shone in 22:15 beat­ing Ed­win Kip­too to sec­ond in 22:20 as Josphat Kipchirchir timed 22:22 in third.

Lil­ian Ka­sait reaf­firmed her supremacy over world youth silver medal­list San­dra Che­bet in the 6km ju­nior women.

THE TRIO COM­MANDED THE RACE AND AT THE FI­NAL WHIS­TLE MUKONO WAS CALLING THE SHOTS

STAN­LEY MAGUT

Ju­nior run­ner Ron­ald Kirui wins the 12th Tuskys Wareng cross coun­try 10km men’s race in El­doret./

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