Chepkoech: I controlled the race

By ronnie evans
May 17, 2017
  • Beatrice Chepkoech hopes to lower her time to be able to make the the cut for the World Athletics Championships in August. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Beatrice Chepkoech attributed her endurance to competing at the World Cross Country Championship in Uganda in March. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Elijah Manangoi qualified for the 1,500m final. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

World Cross Country relay champion Beatrice Chepkoech put on a dominant display of running as she clinched back to back 3000m steeplechase titles in the ongoing Kenya Police Service Athletics Championships at the Nyayo National Stadium on Wednesday.

Chepkoech took charge from the go, steading the pace in the first two laps. Chepkoech who had endurance owing to her ability to compete in the 10000m and cross country courses opened the gap to about 70 metres as she sailed home in 9:50.6.

The law enforcer representing Anti Stock Theft Unit police officer took was pleased with her performance and hopes to improve on her timing going forward.

Chepkoech highlighted the World Cross Country Championship in Uganda in March as having strengthened her endurance capability for this particular competition.

“I am happy with how I ran today because I controlled the race and I was able to maintain that momentum. I hope to lower my time so I to be able to make the the cut for the World Athletics Championships in August. In 2016 I moved to 3,000m steeplechase and the Olympics Games in Rio was my first race which I finished fourth in the finals,” she said.

Youngster Abigael Chelangat who signed up for the race as a guest athlete was second in 10:16.6. The 19-year old fended off the challenge of fellow young gun Ann Gathoni who represented Eastern region. Gathoni completed the podium positions in 10:20.4.

In the 10,000m women's final, 19 year old Sandrafelis Chebet had a clinical final five laps as she stunned an experienced field to win the race in 34:19.2.

Stacy Ndiwa who finished fifth in the 2015 World Cross Country Championships came in second as she clocked 34:37.2.

Lydia Rotich who is a seasoned long distance runner and specializes in the 3000m steeplechase finished third in 34:38.5.

Chebet was in touching distance of the leading pack for 19 laps where she maintained a steady pace before surging past the Rotich and Ndiwa, in the process establishing a 100 metre gap.

In the men's category, George Manangoi, a younger brother of World 1,500m silver medallist Elijah Manangoi, Abednego Chesebe, Collins Cheboi and Gilbert Kwemoi won their 1,500m heats to qualify for the final also set for Thursday.

Cheboi posted a time in 3:40.0 to win his heat with Dominic Mutuku posting 3:44.7. Manangoi on the other hand won his heat in 3:45.6 while Chesebe clocked 3:45.5 to sail through. Kwemoi clocked 3:48.1 to book his ticket.

Summary of women finals results 3000m s/c: 1. Beatrice Chepkoech (9:50.6), 2. Abigael Chelangat (10:16.6), 3. Ann Gathoni (10:20.4); 10000m: 1. Sandrafelis Chebet (34:19.2) 2. Stacy Ndiwa (34:37.2), 3. Lydia Rotich (34:38.5), 4. Esther Shembai (34:48.8), 5. Sheila Chesang (35:00.5).