Ismail Kirui, Purity Chepkirui win National Cross Country Championships at Ngong Racecourse
Gideon Rono (Photo: Athletics Kenya)

Ismail Kirui of Central Rift has won the Boys’ Under-18 6km in 18:39.2 at the AK/Lotto National Cross Country Championships at the Ngong Racecourse on Saturday.

Central’s Erigon Lobeki and Charles Rotich came in second and third respectively.

“The race was very competitive but I had prepared well for it as well as my upcoming Championships race in Togo. My inspiration comes from Eliud Kipchoge and he’s doing a fantastic job ,” the 14-year-old Kirui told The Standard Sport.

Ismail Kirui, Purity Chepkirui win National Cross Country Championships at Ngong Racecourse
Purity Chepkirui (Photo: Athletics Kenya)

Leading results:

1.Ismail Kirui 18:39.2 (Central Rift)

2. Erigon Lobeki

18:43.8 (Central)

3. Charles Rotich

18:49.1 (North Rift)

Women under-20 6km

In the Women’s Under-20 6km category, South Rift’s Purity Chepkirui emerged the winner in a time of 20:50.2.

Faith Chepkoech and Feliciana Kanda finished second and third respectively in the tantalizing showdown at the Ngong Racecourse. 

Ismail Kirui, Purity Chepkirui win National Cross Country Championships at Ngong Racecourse
Ismael Kirui (Photo: Athletics Kenya)

” My exercise and practice two weeks ago was amazing and that’s what motivated me today. Winning my upcoming race in Togo is my priority. So far so good but I will try to balance my studies and athletics,” Chepkirui told The Standard Sport.

Leading results:

 #1.Purity Chepkirui 20:50.2 (South Rift)

2. Faith Chepkoech 21:16.7 (Central Rift)

3. Feliciana Kanda

21:25.1 (North Rift)

Men’s U-20 8km

A revamped Gideon Rono won the men’s under-20 8km beating stiff competition from Benson Lagat and Felix Korir in a time of 24:43.6.

Rono said his dream is to win Gold for Kenya in the Africa Cross Country Championships in Togo.

“The race was okay and the climate was conducive. I had prepared well especially ahead of the Togo Championships that I intend to win gold in the 5000m. I’m in Form 4 and I train in Torongo, Baringo County. I wake up early by 6 am to balance my studies,” Rono said.

Ismail Kirui, Purity Chepkirui win National Cross Country Championships at Ngong Racecourse
Ruth Chepngetich finishes third in the Senior Women’s 10km race [photo courtesy]

Leading results:

1.Gideon Rono 24:43.6 (Central Rift)

2. Benson Lagat 24:57.3. (Coast)

3. Felix Korir 25:24.2 (North Rift)

Girls’ Under -18 5km

Mercy Chepkemoi (South Rift) won the girls’ under-18 5km in 17:16.3.

Leading results:

1. Mercy Chepkemoi 17:16.3 (South Rift)

2. Marion Jepnegtich 17:24.8 (Central Rift)

3. Jane Ghati 17:32.5 (Nyanza South)

Ismail Kirui, Purity Chepkirui win National Cross Country Championships at Ngong Racecourse
Sheila Chelangat [photo courtesy]

Senior Women’s 10km

Sheila Chelangat of Police has won the women’s 10km  race ahead of Daisy Cherotich and Ruth Chepngetich.

World Marathon Champion Ruth Chepngetich was surprised after she finished third as she remain hopeful of winning a Gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics

“I am shocked that I finished number three because I’m a marathoner.  I’m aiming for Gold in the Tokyo Olympics and my body is fit for the race,” Chepngetich said.

Leading results

1. Sheila Chelangat 34:55.5 (National Police)

2. Daisy Cherotich  (35:00.9 Central Rift)                         

3. Ruth Chepngetich 35:02.7

The winners of the National Cross Country Championships will see the selection of Kenya’s team to the Africa Cross Country Championships in Lome, Togo on March 7.

The continental showpiece will proceed as planned with both Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) and the event’s Local Organising Committee (LOC) having committed to hosting the event which was delayed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

More to follow…

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