Kangogo outsprints Longosiwa in 10,000m

By ronnie evans
May 12, 2021

Road mile race specialist Cornelius Kangogo put on a champions display in the final lap as he out sprinted 2012 Olympic 5000m bronze medalist Thomas Longosiwa to win the 10,000 metres of the Athletics Kenya Prisons Championships held on Friday at Nyayo National Stadium.

Longosiwa and Kangogo led a group of five athletes with five laps to as fatigue started creeping in.

Also in that leading group was Nyanza team duo of Josephat Kipchirchir and Emmanuel Ngatunyi.

With two laps to go, the experienced Longosiwa and Kangogo broke away in what was a build up to a tantalizing finale much to the delight of the cheering fans.

Kangogo made the first move with 400 metres to go when he turned on the afterburners which unsettled Longosiwa who had a daunting task of playing catch up.

The sudden change of pace by Kangogo proved too much as he established a 15-metre gap to sail home in 28:26.7 as Longosiwa crossed the line in 28:31.9 Kipchirchir was third in 28:36.7 while Ngatunyi was a close fourth in 28:38.5.

Fatigue took its toll

In this race, the 25 athletes ran together for the first three laps before fatigue started taking its toll.

After eight laps, Rift Valley region’s Cosmas Birech looked strong as he dictated the pace. At the 14th lap, only six athletes formed the leading pack who eventually finished in the top six positions.

“I am happy with the win because I came here prepared and focused on winning the race. Last year I failed to secure a place in the Olympics 5000 metres team during the trials and that made me work harder. I have been working on endurance and speed work which I knew would be crucial.”

Longosiwa and I enjoy a good rivalry and since I came back to Kenya from Switzerland five days ago, I have had little time to adjust but that did not stop me today,” Kangogo said.

Longosiwa had nothing but praise for his training partner who got the better of him this time around.

“It was a tactical race where a strong finish was needed. I train with Kangogo and we agreed to set the pace later in the race. I congratulate him for the win because he had the better final kick,” Longosiwa said.

In the women’s 800m heats, 2016 Olympic 800m bronze medalist Margaret Nyairera breezed into the final slated for Saturday after winning her heat in 55.6.

Lengthy strides

Nyairera's lengthy strides enabled her to glide past the competition after a slow start off the blocks.

Nyareira, representing North Eastern region, established a ten metre gap between her and the rest of the field after a smooth final bend.

She had the fastest time of the qualifiers largely despite slowing down a few metres to the finish line with the race seemingly won.

In the men’s 100m, the well built Ferdinand Omunyala recovered from a poor start to win his heat in 9.9 seconds.

Omunyala who was in Team Kenya for the World Relays Championship held in Bahamas earlier this year shifted gears after about 60 metres and he comfortably maintained the lead.

Michael Ngugi representing Prisons Service Teachers College was second in 10.3 while Stephen Onyango finished third as he crossed the line in 10.7.

Selected results

Men 10,000m Final: 1.Cornelius Kangogo 28:26.7, 2. Thomas Longosiwa 28:31.9, 3. Josephat Kipchirchir 28:36.7

400m hurdles finalists: Dominic Kibitok 54.7, Michael Kipkoech 57.1, Stephen Tenai 52.6, Silas Koech 1;04.8, Stephen Rotich 53.2, Vincent Kosgei 52.9, Geoffrey Mutai 53.0, Hillary Mutai 50.1, Haron Tanui 53.3, Erick Kiptoo 53.9

Women 400m finalists: Margaret Nyairera 55.6, Mercy Khadija 55.6, Nevian Michira 56.5, Anne Ndungwa 57.0, Edith Muthoni 1:00.6, Caroline Chebiwott 1:00.8, Eunice Ndungu 1:02.6, Linet Wanjala 1:03.4.

400m hurdles finalists:Elizabeth Simiyu, Martha Chelimo, Varnise Ogoti, Brigide Chelagat, Catherine Wechuli, Irene Kanyira, Maureen Chelagat, Florence Wasike.