• Njeri wins Police 5000m race

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Jun 03, 2011-

Pauline Njeri took advantage of the absence of world champion Vivian Cheroiyot to win the women’s 5,000 meters at the Kenya Police Inter Division Athletics championships on Friday at the Nyayo National stadium.

Njeri running for the newly created Vigilance team won the race in 15:42:0, and was followed by Joyce Wanjiru of traffic department in 15:50.0. Monica Wanjiru of CID came a distant third clocking 16:45:0 to settle for bronze.

Njeri,fourth at the senior race at the inaugural African cross country championships held earlier this year in Cape Town  said that she might move from to the 10,000 meters in the near future.

“I will shift to 10,000 meters in future.I have a lot of energy which is needed in 10,000 race.”

Cheruiyot together with other top police runners- World 10,000m Linet Masai, 1500 Olympic champion Asbel Kiprop, 800m World champion Alfred Kirwa and Olympic 800m champion Pamela Jelimo are in Eugene, USA for Friday’s Diamond League.

Commonwealth games 3,000m steeplechase champion Milcah Chemos looking to increase boost her speed, finished second in the 1500m.

Chemos competing under the police College banner finished 4:17.5, behind the winner Mary Wangari of Vigilance ( 4.09.8).

Betty Njeri of Vigilance finished third in 4:22.8.

Richard Matelong of Police College also opted to run in the men’s 5000m winning his heat in 13:36:6.

Bernard Kipyego of Nyanza won the men’s 10000 in 28:34 ahead of Vigilance’s Philemon Rono 28:35. The two stuck together through the race before Kipyego broke off in the last stretch.Wilson Kipsang of Nyanza was third in 28:36.

In the women 200m, Joyce Zakari, running in her second competitive race after track and field round in Mombasa easily won her race in 24.1. Zakari of Eastern had been out of competition for about a season owing to a knee injury she sustained while training in a high altitude camp in Senegal. “I am still picking up my form slowly and want to improve on my time before the All Africa Games and the World Championships,” said Zakari.



Elvince Joshua

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