World Youth bronze medalist Gideon Kipketer and Commonwealth Youth champion Stacy Ndiwa won the senior men and women’s races at the sixth edition of the Tuskys Wareng cross country in Eldoret on Sunday.
Kipketer exchanged leads with Clement Lagat, reigning Africa cross country champion before he out sprinted his rival to romp home in 36.04.1 minutes. Lagat managed second in 36.04.9 as seasoned cross-country racer Hosea Nailel placed third in 36.07.3.
“I decided to take the lead from the the first minute as the race seemed so challenging from the the beginning as it was my first time to participate in the senior category and the race was flooded with cross country champions.” said Kipketer.
Kipketer will be seeking for a podium finish in next year’s world cross country championships in Bydgoszsz, Poland. Ndiwa was neck to neck with former Standard Chartered Nairobi International 10km champion Pamela Lisoreng and 2011 Eindhoven Champion Georgina Rono before taking charge of the race in the last three kilometers to stroll to victory in 27:30.6.
“I am now focussing for the world cross country championships set for next year for my win.” said Ndiwa Lisoreng came in second in a time of 27:32.7 while Rono sealed the podium finish in 27:43.1.
Agnes Chebet’s maintained her steady performance in the ongoing national cross country series as she comfortably defended her title in the junior race while upcoming Kiprono Bett won his season’s first cross country race winning the junior 8 km men title.
Kiprono was placed second,third and sixth at the AK/KCB cross country meeting in Nyahururu,Kisii and Kapsapkwony respectively. Kiprono was followed closely by Abraham Kapsis who finished in 24.23.02 while James Lagat (24.27.9) and Peter Emanze (24.36.9) came in third and fourth respectively.
Chebet took charge of the 6km junior women clocking 20.47.1 minutes while Jackline Chebwogen was second in 21.03.6 ahead of Sharon Jeptoo third in 21:21.6.
“ My biggest intention is to better my bronze medal from last year’s championship in Barcelona to a gold medal next year in Poland” said Chebet.