Aprot, Bett shine at Tuskys Wareng cross country championships

By emmanuel sabuni
Nov 22, 2015
  • Alice Aprot wins 8km senior women race.(Photo by Emmanuel Sabuni)

  • 308 athletes started the men's 10km seniors.(Photo by Emmanuel Sabuni)

All Africa games 10,000m champion Alice Aprot and reigning Commonwealth 10,000m silver medalist Josephat Bett won 10th edition of Tuskys Wareng cross country championships in senior women and men 8km and 10km respectively held on Sunday at Huruma grounds, Eldoret.

World silver 2,000m silver medalist Sandra Chebet led her sister Emily Chebet in the women’s 6km junior race while newcomer Peter Kipserem ruled in the men’s 8km junior.

Aprot, from fresh winning 10km Kass marathon race in Eldoret, beat a host of elite runners led by former world half marathon silver medalist Pacsalia Jepkorir, marathoner Georgina Rono, former world junior, 5000m bronze medalist Nancy Jepkemboi, former 800m jackpot winner Pamela Jelimo, Jemima Jelagat Sumgom among other world renown athletes to became the first athlete to defend the title she won last year.

The former world junior bronze medalist Aprot proved her prowess and top form to cut the tape in 26:35:9, followed a distance by Jepkorir who returned second in 27:17:5 as Jepkemboi completed the podium in 27:35:8.  

She sped away from the leading park at 5km and opened the gap to seal the victory. The win fueled her ambition to race at the Africa cross country. She is the younger sister to former world cross country champion Joseph Ebuya.  

“I am very happy to have defended my title that no athlete has done. Now that my focus has shifted to next year’s Africa cross country and Olympic games, this was the best training ground as this was my last race this year,” said Aprot.

In the men’s 10km senior men, Bett was the hero of the day beating bigwigs with 2015 third finisher at Amsterdam marathon champion Mike Kigen, world silver steeplechase winner Conseslus Kipruto, former marathon runner Hosea Mwok Macharinyang, Family Bank winner Evans Kirui to win the race that was highly competitive.  

The Keringet based runner slimly won against upstart Peter Kipkemboi and Edwin Kiptoo.

“I want to try my best and compete in road races as next month, I will running Morocco 10km race,” said the former world junior 10,000m winner who has his personal best in the 10km at 26:48.  

Family affair in junior 

He clocked 30:29:2 followed closely by newcomer Peter Kipkemei who came second in 30:31:45 before Edwin Kiptoo completed the podium in 30:33:1.  

It was a family affair in the 6km junior women when Sandra competed alongside her sister Emily Chebet for the top honours. Sandra, the reigning 2,000m silver medalist beat her sister Emily the reigning world junior 3,000m steeplechase silver medalist.  

The siblings had to battle out with reigning world junior champion the Kenyan turned Bahrain international Ruth Chebet.  

Chebets’ battled out for for the first position but Sandra, with her experience managed to win the race ahead of her sister in a time of 20:38:66 before Emily returning second in 21:15:12 before Roselinda Jepketer wounded the podium in 21:31:32.  

Sandra plans to compete in next year’s Africa cross country championships.  

“This was my day of harvest as I won the race despite morning chilly morning weather,” said Sandra.  

New comer Peter Kipserem won the 8km junior men category ahead of another new comer Anthony Kiptoo as Nicholas Kimeli came in third. Kipserem stopped the watch in 24:28:23, Kiptoo was second in 24:34:28 as Kimeli finished third in 24:39:23.

Selected results

10km senior men

1.     Josephat Bett- 30:29:2

2.   Peter Kipkemboi- 30:31:45

3.   Edwin Kiptoo-30:33:12

4.   Evans Kirui-30:34:15

5.    Fredrick Kipkosgey-30:36:29

6.   Lukas Rotich-30:43:29

7.    Hosea Mwok -30:44:24

8.   Wilfred Kimutai-30:45:89

9.   Stephen Arita-30:46:29

10.Emmanuel Kiprono-30:47:30.

8km women

1.     Alice Aprot-26:35:90

2.   Pascalia Jepkorir-27:17:51

3.   Nancy Jepkemboi-27:35:78

4.   Pauline Chemilingei-27:44:10

5.    Jemima Sumgom-27:54:40

6.   Lydia Rotich-28:13:06

7.    Judith Kiyeng-28:21:05

8.   Georgina Rono-28:22:86

9.   Dorcas Jepchumba-28:35:84

10.  Naomi Chebet-28:43:17

8km junior men

1.     Peter Kipserem-24:28:23

2.   Anthony Kiptoo-24:34:28

3.   Nicholus Kimeli-24:39:23

4.   Ronald Kiprotich-24:44:72

5.    Solomon Bett-24:45:96

6.   Daniel Kipchumba-24:51:78

7.    Moses Koech-25:03:30

8.   Robert Kiprop-25:03:66

9.   Nicholas Kasimbei-25:13:61

10.  Kimutai Rotich-25:14:95

6km junior

1.     Sandra Chebet-20:38:66

2.   Emily Chebet-21:15:12

3.   Roselinda Jepketer-21:31:32

4.   Ruth Jebet-21:40:90

5.    Gladys Chemaiyo-21:45:91

6.   Daisy Kimeli-21:50:57

7.    Gloria Kite-22:00:10

8.   Ednah Cherotich-22:05:34

9.   Gladys Koech-22:09:30

10. Everlyne Chepkoech-22:12:29