Manangoi optimistic of posting better times

By ronnie evans
May 19, 2017
  • Vincent Yator leads the pack in 5000m. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Lilian Kasait upset Hyvin Kiyeng to win the 5000m race. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Julius Yego easily won the javelin. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Elijah Manangoi the 2015 world 1500m silver medalist  is optimistic of posting a better time after clinching the 800m and 1500m men's titles as the Kenya Police Service Athletics Championships concluded on Thursday.

The 25 year old Manangoi came into the two lap race with the 1500m title already in the bag and made good his promise of winning both races when he sustained a clinical burst of speed in the final 50 metres to clock 1:44.8.

He was able to shrug off the charge of Justus Kipkoech who was breathing down his neck. Kipkoech managed to cross the line in 1:45.0 as 2014 World Cross Country 4×800m champion Job Kinyor completed the podium places in 1:45.2.

Manangoi is focused ahead but will proceed with caution as the battle for 2017 World Championships places heats up.

"It was a good race but my focus remains on future races. It is a matter of not taking anyone lightly because every competitor in those races will be strong and trained well. I will now proceed to the next stage which will be a challenge.”

"This of course means that there is more competition which will bring better times posted and this ultimately will bring the best out of us," he stressed.

Lilian Kasait, who was in the history defining Kenyan women's world cross country team that scooped the first six positions in Uganda upset 2016 Olympic 3000m s/c silver medalist Hyvin Kiyeng to win the 5000m race.

Kasait who took bronze in the cross country showpiece in March, comfortably sailed home after a relaxed final lap to breast the tape in 15:25.3.

Kiyeng struggled to catch up with Kasait in the final lap as she trailed her with about 150 metres and settled for second in 15:51.1. Little known Jackline Cherotich finished in third as she clocked 16:03.5.

Kasait was pleased with her performance as she came to test her resolve with the best.

"My goal was to come here and give my all because Kenya Police athletes are usually very tough to beat when you race against them in the trials. I just wanted to gauge myself before the World Championships and feel how my body responds,"Kasait said.

Summary of selected finals results

Women 3000m s/c: Beatrice Chepkoech 9:50.6, Abigael Chelangat 10:16.6, Ann Gathoni 10:20.4.

10000m: Sandrafelis Chebet 34:19.2, Stacy Ndiwa 34:37.2, Lydia Rotich 34:38.5.

800m: Emily Cherotich 2:03.5, Eglay Nalianya 2:04.7.

Men, 800m: Elijah Manangoi 1:44.8, Justus Kipkoech 1:45.0, Job Kinyor 1:45.2.

10000m: Vincent Rono 28:10.1, Peter Kirui 28:29.3, Matthew Kisorio 28:31.4.

Javelin: Julius Yego (78.40m), Leonard Ngetich (58.46m), Henry Yego (57.41m).