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February 15, 2015

Japan-based Bedan Karoki and versatile Faith Chepng’etich successfully defended their national senior cross-country titles during the 20th International Association of Athletics Federation Permit-cum national trials on Saturday.


The duo run spectacular race amidst spirited cheering from athletics fans that thronged the historical Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi as the annual championship that culminated in the selection of the national cross-country team that will represent the country during the 41st World Championships in Guiyang, China on March 26 this year.


It was evident from the start of the 12 kilometres race, flagged of by Athletics Kenya President Isaiah Kiplagat at exactly 11:00 am that Karoki, who won the title last year, was determined to retain the trophy after sprinting off with a pair of Leonard Barsoton and World half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamwowor after the 8th kilometres.


“I was sure of retaining the title. But the presence of Kamworor, Moses Mukono and Mathew Kisorio forced me to increase my pace so that I could weigh who was strong enough to challenge me. The trick work well for me,” said Karoki, who trains in Nyahururu with upcoming runners.


The winner registered 35:08.0 against last year’s 34:55.2 while Kamworor, the reigning world half-marathon champion, clocked 35:18.4. Leonard Barsoto, who finished runners-up last year, timed 35:27.3 in third place with Africa junior champion Moses Mukono coming fourth with 35: 0.7.


In senior women, Chepng’etich, the reigning world junior champion, also retained her last year’s crown, covering the 8km in 26:23.4. Agnes Jebet, also graduating to senior ranks, crossed in second place in 26:24.6 while Janet Kisa and Iken Chebet was third recording 26:30.0 during the championship sponsored by Kenya Commercial Bank and Athletics Kenya.


Dominik Tarus and Roseline Chepng’etich, both running for South Rift region, were the winners in the junior categories. Tarus dusted the 8kilometres in 23:33.3, ahead of John Lagat and Alfred Ng’eno, all from the same region, who timed 23:33.6 and 23:34.2 respectively.


In 6kilometres, Roseline covered the three 2 km loops in 19:55.1. Winnie Koima of Central Rift and Daisy Jepkemei from North Rift arrived second and third in 20:04.1 and 20:07.1 for the podium sweep.


The national cross-country cum-trial ended the local cross country season and paved way for the Relays and Track and field competitions that begin this month and in March.

 Top 10 Results:-


12Km Men.


Bedan Karoki               35:08.0,

 Geoffrey Kamworor    35:18.4

 Leonard Barsoto         35:27.3

 Moses Mukono            35:50.7

Philip Lagat 35: 54.3

 Joseph Kiptum 36:01.5

 Joseph Chacha 36:05.1

 James Gitahi Em

 Emanuel Ngetuny 36:11.3

 Titus Mbishei 36:15.1.


8Km Senior Women


Faith Chepng’etich 26:23.4

 Agnes Jebet 26:24.6

 Janet Kisa 26:30.0

 Iken Chebet 26:31.3

 Alice Aprot 26:33.5

 Stacy Ndiwa 26:43.0

 Margaret Jelimo 26:50.5

 Viola Kibiwott 26:54.5

 Purity Cherotich 26:54.8

 Gladys Chesir 26:57.2


8km Junior Men

Dominic Tarus 23:33.3

 John Lagat 23:33.6

Alfred Ng’eno 23:34.2

 Rodgers Chumo 23:34.6

 Geoffrey Korir 23:35.3

 Moses Koech 23:37.0

 Amos Kurui 23:51.1

 Alexander Mutiso 23:53.7

 Aron Ndiema 24:01.5

 Richard Kimuyan 24:01.8

6Km Junior

 Roseline Chepng’etich 19:55.1

 Winnie Koima 20:04.1

 Daisy Jepkemei 20:07.1

 Winfred Mbithe 20:09.4

 Joyline Cherotich 20:15.4.

Gladys Koech 20:16.1

 Helen Ekalale 20:18.5

 Rose Jepketer 20:28.0

 Lilian Kasait 20:28.6

 Emmily Chebet 20:28.8