Jebet surprised by Sokotoko 10K glory


Naomi Jebet celebrates winning the Madrid Marathon. (PHOTO/Courtesy)
Naomi Jebet celebrates winning the Madrid Marathon. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

In Summary

  • Venloop Half Marathon champion Naomi Jebet admitted winning the Sotokoto Safari 10K was beyond her expectation although she had hoped for a podium finish.
  • Jebet said she had tactically been unprepared for the race as she had been training for the Half Marathon and was surprised as she romped to glory in 38.02 ahead of Ruth Karanja and Edna Mutahi

Venloop Half Marathon champion Naomi Jebet admitted winning the Sotokoto Safari 10K was beyond her expectation although she had hoped for a podium finish.

Jebet said she had tactically been unprepared for the race as she had been training for the Half Marathon and was surprised as she romped to glory in 38.02 ahead of Ruth Karanja (38.09) and Edna Mutahi (38.38).

“I expected to get a podium finish but not a win after discovering that there was only going to be the 10km race on offer as opposed to the half marathon which I had prepared for.

“I am preparing for the Berlin Marathon in Germany to compete in the 10km race and the Sotokoto event has given her good practice in her preparations,” Jebet said.

Leonard Lang’at topped the men’s race in 32:40, beating his elder brother Kipkurui Langat (32:48) in a closely fought sibling rivalry. Justus Musyoka settled for the last podium place in 34.24.

 

Bomet based Leonard, winner of the 2016 Sotokoto and Masai Mara Half marathons broke away from the leading pack after 2km and didn’t look back, leading all the way to the finish line.

The winner who was placed second in CBC marathon in Netherlands and fourth in Barcelona this year said he was using the race to prepare for the Shanghai Marathon in November.

Elgeyo Marakwet born Naomi Jebet won the top honours in the women’s 10km race buoyed her finishing kick in the closing meters of the race.

The race started at KALRO main field then the course headed to ACK Church, Kandegwa Nursery School, Genetic Research Institute, passed by the Savanah Land grass, Veterinary Science Research Institute, Kikuyu CDF Nguriunduti Police Post, Utafiti Primary School, Nguriunduti Primary School, KALRO Main Gate, Fairlawns Primary School before finishing at the main field.

Lilian Ng’anga wife to the Machakos County Governor Dr Alfred Mutua participated in the race and managed to clock one hour and twenty four seconds

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