The National Police Service National Cross-country championship lived up to its hyping with trendy Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor and Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot firing the winning shoots.
Kamworor, who turned 23 last November, and also the reigning World cross country and World Half Marathon champion, did not need persuading to win the 10kilometres race, retaining the forces championships title for the 4th time in succession.
For Cheruiyot, who made her cross-country debut in 1998 in Marrakech, Morocco while a pupil at Chemwabul primary school in Keiyo and won her first global title in 2000 as a junior, it was history repeating itself after timing 36:29.9 to emerge the winner.
Both stars beat strong line up to win their respective titles during the championship held at the traditional Ngong Race Course, foretelling what would be expected during the IAAF Permit National championships on February 13th at Uhuru Gardens.
“I came to represent my team (Directorate of Criminal Investigation) and happy for winning with my shape still picking. But I am using it for my track preparation this year,” said Cheruiyot, the 2011 World Cross-country champion and last year 10,000metres World champion, now focusing on the August Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
In the absence Stacy Ndiwa who won the title last year, Margaret Chelimo took the second position in 36:30.1 while Janet Kisa, second last year; clocked 36:47.5 to finish fourth behind 3,000metres steeplechase World champion Hyvn Kiyeng who managed the third slot in 36:34.3.
In men, Kamworor retained the title in 30:52.7 while 2003 and 200 World Youth and World junior champion, also 2006 Commonwealth gold medalist Augustine Choge, finished second in 31:30.1. Choge was fourth last year while Mathew Kisorio was the runners up.
Three-time 1,500metres World Champion Asbel Kiprop beat Josphat Bett for third place; clocking 31:47.1 while the latter timed 31:53.1 during the high profile event witnessed by Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and Athletics Kenya top officials.
The Saturday championships took place together with most country cross-country championships and give prognostication to the Regional championships to be done before the end of the month.
1. Vivian Cheruiyot 36:29.9
2. Maragaret Chelimo 36:30.1
3. Hyvn Kiyeng 36:34.3
4. Janet Kisa 36:47.5
5. Linet Masai 36:49.6
1. Geoffrey Kamworor 30:52.7
2. Augustine Choge 31:30.1
3. Asbel Kiprop 31:47.1
4. Josphat Bett 31:53.1
5. Johnson Nakari 31:57.5