Tanui, Maron Kibor win AK Ol Kalau XC leg


Athletes race during the National Cross Country Championship at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi, Kenya on ...
Athletes race during the National Cross Country Championship at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi, Kenya on February 18, 2017. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

In Summary

  • Nakuru based Albert Tanui and Marion Kibor from the Kahawa Barracks are the winners of  AK Cross Country Series held in Ol Kalau, Nyandarua County on Saturday.
  • Tanui from the Rongai Athletics Club outclassed over 200 athletes to finish in 30 minutes 15.33 seconds winning his first ever 10km race.

Nakuru based Albert Tanui and Marion Kibor from the Kahawa Barracks are the winners of  AK Cross Country Series held in Ol Kalau, Nyandarua County on Saturday.

Tanui from the Rongai Athletics Club outclassed over 200 athletes to finish in 30 minutes 15.33 seconds winning his first ever 10km race.

“I am so happy; this is my first time to run in a competitive 10km race in cross country, I am using the cross county to prepare for a few road races that I’m planning to run early next year,” Tanui told Citizen Digital.

In the women’s race,  Kibor clocked 34:15.62 to beat Betty Chepkemoi with only one second, Edina Jebitok (34:28.68) was third while Mary Nyaruai  came out fourth in 34: 41.92 as Joyce Chepkemoi (34:53.22 ) settled for fifth.

“My target is to gauge how far I am now on my training. The aim is to win in the military championship so that I can qualify for national trials; I believe I have what it takes to represent Kenya in Togo, next year,” Kibor said.

In the U-20 8km race, Gideon Rono (23:38.00) easily won the contest well ahead of second placed Emanuel Kipsang (23:56.00) and Jackson karesa (24:07.00).

“I feel very good because I had prepared well for this third edition, my target is to make team Kenya for the World U-20 Championship set for July next year in Nairobi,”Rono reminisced  after the race.

In 6km junior women category,  Mourine Cherotich was the hero cocking 20:04.33 to finish ahead of the pack while second placed Deborah Chemutai clocked 20:28.08 ahead of third-placed finisher Mercy Chepkorir in 20:46.53.

“The race was very tough but I was ready; now I believe if I make it to team Kenya I will bring home the gold,” Cherotich said bullishly.

After Ol Kalou,  action heads to the fourth leg set for Kapsokwony on December 28.

The fifth and final leg of the Cross Country series will be held in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County on January 4, before the National Cross Country Championships cum Trials for Africa Cross Country Championships and Mandatory AK Anti-Doping Awareness for Competing Athletes on February 8, in Nairobi.

Full results

10km Senior Men

Albert Tanui 30:15.33

Frankline Ngelel 30:20.28

Antibus Kibet 30:25.48

Josphat Bett 30:33.81

Peter Emase 30:35.60

10km senior women

Marion Kibor 34:15.62

Betty Chepkimoi 34:16.72

Edina Jebitok 34:28.68

Mary Nyaruai 34:41.72

Joyce Chepkemoi 34:53.22

8km junior men

Gideon Rono 23:38.00

Emanuel Kipsang 23:56.00

Jackson Karesa 24:07.00

Naiopei Kiplimo 24:18.00

Peter kamau 24:18.51

6km junior women

Mourine Cherotich 20:04.33

Deborah Chemutai 20:28.08

Mercy Chepkorir 20:46.53

Zenah Jemutai 20:52.71

Magdaline Cherono 20:54.41

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