Dominant Rono shines at cross country meet


Dominant Rono shines at cross country meet
Gideon Rono (in orange bib) from Torongo Camp leads alongside Benson Kiplagat in 5000m during AK meet at Nyayo on February 28, 2021 . (PHOTO/Gilbert Kiprotich)

In Summary

  • Gideon Rono of Central Rift ran the rule in the boys 8km Under-20 race at the National Cross Country Championships held Saturday at the Ngong Race Course.
  • Fresh from winning the Discovery Kenya Cross Country a fortnight ago, Rono was at his best again on Saturday as he clinched the top prize clocking 24:43.6
  • Benson Lagat (Coast) clocked 24:57.3 to finish second as Felix Korir of North Rift placed third in 25:24.2

Gideon Rono of Central Rift ran the rule in the boys 8km Under-20 race at the National Cross Country Championships held Saturday at the Ngong Race Course.

Fresh from winning the Discovery Kenya Cross Country a fortnight ago, Rono was at his best again on Saturday as he clinched the top prize clocking 24:43.6 minutes.

Benson Lagat (Coast) clocked 24:57.3 to finish second as Felix Korir of North Rift placed third in 25:24.2

The form four student at Sinonin Secondary School attributed his fine form to hard work in training at Torongo Athletics Camp in Baringo.

“It was a tough race especially with the weather conditions. I also lost one shoe on the way but I thank God I prevailed to win the race. I am now going to work hard ahead of Africa Cross Country,” said Rono.

At the same time, Rono’s training mate Ismail Kurui won the boys 6km Under-18 race when he clocked 18:39.2 ahead of Lobeki Erigon of Central (18:43.8) and Charles Rotich of North Rift (18:43.8) who placed second and third respectively.

Kurui, a class eight pupil at Sinonin Primary School in Baringo County said he is now ready to bring home a gold medal in the continental showpiece slated for March 7.

“It was not easy, My target was to compete from the front. I was fifth last year and I was ready to battle it for the ticket to Africa Cross. I promise to bring a medal in Togo,” he said.

Purity Chepkirui of South Rift clocked 20:50.2 to win the girls 6km Under-20 race.

The athlete from Tiloa Athletics Camp in Nakuru County said her target was to make the cut to the continental showpiece.

“It was a good race. For me I competed here in 5km last year and finished fifth. It was my first win in 6km and I promise to fight for a gold medal when I represent Kenya in Togo,” said the Class Eight pupil at Tiloa Primary School.

Jackline Chepkoech of Central Rift came home second in 21:16.7 as Feliciana Kanda of North Rift closed the podium in 21:25.1

In the girls 5km Under-18 race, Mercy Chepkemoi also of South Rift took top honours in 17:15.3.

Marion Jepngetich of Central Rift (17:24.8) and Jane Ghati of Nyanza South (17:32.5) placed second and third respectively.

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