Mark Kiptoo bags 10,000m Defence Forces title

By elvince joshua
May 09, 2021

2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Mark Kiptoo booked his place in the Kenya Defence Forces team that will take part in the national championship cum trials after winning the 33rd edition of the of the Kenya Defence Forces 10,000m race at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani Thursday.

Kiptoo whose targeting to represent the country at the World Championship in Moscow managed 28:55.4 after beating his closes rival Leonard Oloitiptip who came second after clocking 28:55.8 and third placed Kiprono Menjo who timed 28:56.1 Kiptoo, 36, will try his luck in both 10,000m and 5,000m during the national championship having failed to represent the country at the world championship in past three attempts.

“I have tried so many times but have been defeated at the national trials but I think this will be a good opportunity,” said Kiptoo who is coached by Samuel Macharia.

“I have represented the country in so many games but missing on the world championships has been quite a heartache.” 

Menjo a former Africa 5000m silver medalist was making a comeback into the athletics scene after missing in action after six-month injury lay off.

Cherono tops women's 5000m  

Double African champion Gladys Cherono also stepped up her bid for Moscow with a win in the women’s 5000m in 16.44.4.

Lynet Chepkirui (16:45.1) and former Boston marathon champion Sharon Cherop managed third in 16:46.1 with Innes Chenonge coming fourth in 16:47.0. Gladys Chepng’eno clocked 16:48.7 to win the fifth position while , Jemimmah Jelagat (16:51.0), Sally Barsosio (16:56.0) and Beatrice Cherop (17:30.1) occupied position sixth to eight respectively.