Former world champions Kipsang,Kiplagat reign at Police Cross Country

By elvince joshua
Jan 11, 2022
  • Edna Kiplagat leads the senior women's cross country field at the Kenya Police championships at the Ngong race Course.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • The men's 12km senior race start.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Geoffrey Kipsang wins the men's senior race at the Kenya Police championships.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Former World junior cross country champion Geoffrey Kipsang and 2009 senior women gold medalist Florence Kiplagat clinched the Kenya Police Service national Cross Country trials held on Saturday at the Ngong Racecourse.

Kipsang defended the title he won last year, repeating the characteristic win over New York marathon champion, Geoffrey Mutai who came second after beating Augustine Choge on the last 100m. Kipsang crossed the tape in 36:45.7 while Mutai clocked 37:25.0.

Choge managed third in 37:25.3 ahead of Josephat Bett who timed 38:02.3 Berlin Marathon champion Kiplagat clocked 27:44.0 ahead of Irene Chelagat (Dog Unit) who timed 28:28.7 followed by Edith Chelimo (Traffic) who clocked 28:32.0.

Kiplagat who was representing Eastern led from gun to tape, moving ahead in the first lap, followed closely by Mary Wacera trailed her at a touching distance. Kiplagat then opened about 100 metres gap with about 2 km left as Wacera slowed down.

Wecera, world finalist dropped out yet again over a muscle cramp’ leaving Kiplagat with little opposition as she sprinted to the finish.

"Am still waiting for invitation (to Berlin marathon) but I would like to participate in London marathon because its the last race on the series," revealed Kiplagat who is using the cross country series to prepare for her marathon races and has no intention of competing at the Africa Championships in Uganda.

"But I'll be going to Barcelona for the half marathon and if I get invitation, possibly Boston," said Kiplagat with Berlin clearly out of her focus. Kipsang second in the previous editions of the Berlin marathon has his eyes set on Tokyo marathon in February as he slowly shifts to half marathon.

His first half marathon will be Denmark later in the year.

This was the first edition under the national Police Service bunner used to select the team that will represent the Police during the national trials to be held on February 15 at the same venue. Last year’s winner, Isabella Ochichi came a distant fifth.

The national cross country to be selected in February will represent the country in the Africa Cross country to be held in March in Jinja.

The first six athletes will represent the Kenya Police Service at the national trials to be held in February.

Selected results


Women

Florence Kiplgata 27:44.0

Irene Chelagat 28:28.7

Edith Chelimo 28:32.0

Janet Kisa 28:32.0

Isabella Ochichi 28:56.0

Ann Cheptanui 29:36


Men

Geoffrey Kipsang 36:45.7

Geoffrey Mutai 37:25.0

Augustine Choge 37:25.3

Josphat bett 38:02.3

Joseph Kitur 38:09.0

Philemon Rono 38:11.3