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February 1, 2016

World cross-country silver medalist Bedan Karoki stunned fans and fellow athletes after annihilating opponents in a star-laded field during the Silver Jubilee anniversary of Discovery Kenya Cross Country on Sunday in Eldoret.


And in women, Viola Jepchumba was the new discovery of the race that has been revealing new talents for the last 25 years since its inception in 1991 by Italian Athletics Agent Dr. Gabriele Rosa.


Running in a region that enjoys the bragging rights of hosting top athletics stars, the Nyahururu-born  but Japan-based Karoki, also the World 10,000metres Bronze medalist, displayed a class of his own trouncing 2010 World junior silver medalist Clement Langat in an event decorated by a class of elite line-up.


With his goal set on impressing selectors to pick him for the Cardiff World Half Marathon on March 26th, Karoki employed his front-running skills and engaged his friend and antagonist Geoffrey Kamworor in a see-saw before the latter bowed out after the 7th Kilometre.


“I am feeling strong. I have been training well and want to be in the World half marathon team. I promise I will do my best and improve on my time,” said the star that finished second in the same race in 2014 and three-time national cross-country champion.


The champion, with a sub-58 career best in the half marathon, covered the grassy course in 28:52.7 and becomes the second ‘outsider’ after John Kimondio in 1990s to beat local runners at home while close challenger Langat, also based in Japan, timed 29:15.4.


In women, Viola escaped with the victory with the thickness of her singlet after surging Gladys Chesir caught up with her at the finish line.


Both were timed at 25:56.5 while Cynthia Limo (26:02.9), marathoner Hellah Kiprop (26:08.4) and marathon colleague Jemimah Jelagat (26:16.3) were ranked third, fourth and fifth during the race graced by Athletics Kenya President General Rtd. Jack Tuwei.


Sandra Chebet, unbeaten over the last seven cross-country Meetings this season, was the biggest casualty in the junior women when she lost the title to upcoming Roselinda Jepketer.


The race marked its silver Jubilee this year and maintained the tradition of providing opportunities to young kids including those below 6 years of age.


Top results in four cross-country categories;


10Km Senior Men


Bedan Karoki 28:52.7


Clement Langat 29:15.4


Stanley Koech 29:33.4


David Kiplimo 29:34.9


Charles Kibet 29:38.8


Hosea Mwok 29:39.9


Sammy Meli 29:40.9


Samuel Nderitu 29:42.4


Daniel Rotich 29:45.5


Philemon Cheboi 29:52.1


8Km Senior Women


  1. Viola Jepchumba 25:56.5


  1. Gladys Chesir 25:56.5


  1. Cynthia Limo 26:02.9


  1. Hellah Kiprop 26:08.4


  1. Jemima Jelagat 26:16.3


  1. Hyvin Kiyeng 26:2.7


  1. Caroline Jepkoech 26:37.5


  1. Pascalia Jepkorir 26:53.7


  1. Lucy Cheruiyot 26:57.6


  1. Sheila Chesang 27:04.5


8Km Junior Men


  1. Mathew Kiptanui 23:21.2


  1. Isaac Kipsang 23:22.6


  1. Rodgers Kwemoi 23:34.9


  1. Anthony Kiptoo 23:39.2


  1. Julius Tanki 23:43.9


  1. Laban Biwott 23:46.4


  1. Patrick Kiplagat 23:48.6


  1. James Mwangi 23:54.5


  1. John Ekimat 23:58.2


  1. Robert Mwei 24:01.7


6Km Junior Women


  1. Roselinda Jepketer 20:25.7


  1. Sandra Chebet 20:26.2


  1. Norah Jeruto 20:30.1


  1. Emily Chebet 20:41.6


  1. Gloria Kibet 20:45.7


  1. Ednah Jerono 20:47.9


  1. Abigael Chelangat 20:50.5


  1. Lilian Rengeruk 21:08.1


  1. Daisy Jeptoo 21:09.4


  1. Jackline Jepkoech 21:14.3



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