Aprot, Sandrafelis Chebet rule Ndalat Gaa cross country

By emmanuel sabuni
Oct 15, 2021
  • Alice Aprot crosses the finishing line during the Safaricom Ndalat kids Cross Country held in Nandi County. Alice won the race in 27:24.04 to beat Irene Chebet who came in second in 27:46.04.

  • Sandrafelis Chebet cross the line to win the junior women category race during the Ndalat kids cross Country by Safaricom. Sandra finished in 21:07.01.

Reigning Africa Athletics 10,000m champion Alice Aprot bounced back to winning ways on Saturday crossing first at the Ndalat Gaa cross country meeting.

New comer Abraham Kiptanui won the 10km senior men’s race that attracted several elite runners in the meeting, the first of the Athletics Kenya cross country series with eyes set on next year’s world championships in Uganda.

Iten based Aprot an organic finalist in Rio cut the tape in 27:24.5 to bag the 8km senior women race after out sprinting Chesir.

The front runner stepped forward half way through a lead she gallantly held on until the finish line of a classy field of that included season world cross country runner Irene Cheptai (27:46.4), All-Africa Games 10,000m silver medalist Gladys Chesir (27:46.4) among others.

Chesir was to avenge the All Africa Games 10,000m defeat where Aprot won gold. “I was at ease because I have been training constantly since coming back from Rio, therefore, I did not struggle so much as you may have noted. The World Cross Country Championships is the main focus now.”

Kiptanui was the surprise winner of the men’s 10km senior race in 30:48.9, way ahead of Josephat Tanui who timed 30:59.4 for second while Bernard Kipkemei clocked 31:05.8 in third place.

Kiptanui said: “The race was quite competitive but victory is what uplifts my spirits now. I really want to keep my form high in hopes that I meet the cut for the World Cross next year.”

Edwin Ng'etich beat over 300 athletes to win the men's 8km junior race by timing 24:48.3, Peter Langat coming second in 24:50.1 and Nicholas Kimeli closing the podium in 24:52.0.

Africa Youth 3,000m steeplechase record holder Sandrafelis Chebet showed class, winning an explosive women's 6km junior race in 20:34.1.

The 18 year-old won silver medal in 2,000m steeplechase at the 2015 World Youth Championships in Colombia. "My focus is now the World Cross, where I hope to represent my country for the fifth time." She won four out of six cross country meeting to take the jackpot early this year.

Former World Junior champion of 3000m Lillian Kasait Rengeruk finished second in 21:07.1. Sheila Jelagat, a member of Kenyan squad for Colombia Youth Games, finished third in 21:10.8.

World Youth 3,000m bronze medalist Emily Chebet, who was a pre-race favorite, finished fifth. She is a twin sister to the winner Chebet and both train under Kericho’s Rosa Associati camp.

Results

10km men: 1. Abraham Kiptum 30:48.9, 2. Josephat Tanui 30:59.4, 3. Bernard Kipkemei 31:05.8, 4.  Elisha Kipchirchir 31:10.9, 5. Emmanuel Bor 31:15.7, 6. Barnabas Kosgei 31:23.3.

8km junior men: 1. Edwin Ngetich 24:48.3, 2. Peter Langat 24.50.1, 3. Nicholas Kimeli 24:52.0, 4.  Mathew Kimeli 24:55.0, 5. Ronald Kiprotich 25:06.6, 6. Duncan Kiprotich 25:17.8.

8km senior women: 1. Alice Aprot 27:24.5, 2. Irence Cheptai 27:46.4, 3. Gladys Chesir 28:16.7, 4. Sheila Chemwetich 28:25.6, 5. Sheila Chepkirui-28:31.6, 6. Pascaliah Jepkorir 28:39.4

6km Junior: 1. Sandrafelis Chebet 20:34.1, 2. Lillian Kasait 21:07.1, 3. Sheila Jelagat 21:10.8, 4.  Betty Chepkemoi 21:24.6, 5. Emily Chebet 1:35.0, 6. Immaculate Chepkirui 21:38.6.