Kosgei runs Season's Best 400mH Time at Kasarani

By evelyn watta
Mar 15, 2013
  • Vincent Kosgei crosses the finish line of the 400mHurdles which he won in 50.5 seconds at the Moi International Sports centre, Kasarani.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Vincent Kosgei put his poor performance in London behind him with a season’s best 50.5 seconds run in the 400m hurdles race at the first Athletics Kenya track and field meeting on Friday.

Kosgei weighed down by a groin injury which almost derailed his Olympics debut barely scrapped through his heat then struggling to cross the line seventh in 50.8 seconds.

He had a good start to the season at the Moi international Sports Centre, Kasarani and was clearly way above the rest of the field, as he quickly pulled in front and opened a gap of about 10m before he crossed the line ahead of William Mberi who timed at 52.7 seconds.

His winning time was however still short of his 50.22 run last June prior to the African Athletics championships where he just missed out a medal in fourth (50.31).

“I am surprised that I ran this fast, but it could have been faster if I had someone pushing me,”Kosgei said.

“I just resumed training in January with my teammates at Prisons after the treatment. It was a good test and I can say now am back to shape.”

Nicholas Bett crossed third in 53.9 and Dennis Kemeu fourth in 55.5 seconds. “I hope I can be able to run a few more competitive races like in Mauritius and Dakar as I look to qualify for Moscow,” he added, targeting to improve his semi-final showing at the World Championships in Daegu.

His best performance was at the Commonwealth games final race in Delhi where ran his personal best of 49.36 seconds which left him just shy of a medal.

Penn Relays team takes shape 

Kosgei who is also chasing a berth in the 4x 400m Penn relay teams had an equally fantastic run in the 400m heat which he ran the second fastest qualifying time in the heat of 46.6.

Boniface Mweresa had 46.0 was the day’s fastest leading a host of qualifiers which included World Youth Silver medallist running 47.5 seconds to win his heat. London Olympic 800m semi-finalist Anthony Chemut warmed up for the season winning his heat in 48.3.

AK will pick six reserves after the final on Saturday. Commonwealth Games champion Mark Mutai (48.5) and Vincent Mumo(48.7) also sailed through their respective heats and are looking to return to the Philadelphia race on April 27 alongside Mweresa, Kishoyan and Kosgei who also made the relay team last year.