The National Cross Country team actualized their mission in Kampala with superb display to reward thousands of fans who flocked the venue at Kololo Independence Grounds to accord them moral support.
World Half Marathon Champion Geoffrey Kamworor re-enacted the scripts initiated by cross country prodigies John Ngugi, William Segei and Paul Tergat by clinching his second victory in arrow in the senior men as senior women swept the board in an extraordinary 1-2-3-4-5-6 during the championship on Sunday.
Kamworor, an implant of Lelboinet High School in Keiyo South, used a well-rehearsed tactics to secure the victory as his team mate and national champion Leonard Barsoton finished second for silver.
But the spellbinding was enacted in the senior women where national champion Irene Cheptai choreographed her team to a historic victory in the 10 Kilometres, filling the first six positions with Africa Champion Alice Aprot and Lilian Kasait taking individual silver and bronze medals.
The glittering performance brought Kenyans fans on their feet as the experienced runners atoned for the junior classes where Ethiopians and host Uganda denied our under20 teams individual medals except for Richard Kimunyan who won a bronze in junior men 8Km.
In the newly introduced Medley Relay, three-time 1,500metres World Champion Asbel Kiprop and Olympian Beatrice Chepkoech anchored the team that included Winfred Nzinza and Bernard Korir to glory, clinching the inaugural gold medal in accumulative time of 22:22 against Ethiopia’s 22:30.
The Kampala outing was unique in that Kenyans athletics fans had the opportunity of trooping to the venue in their thousands using hired buses and private means.
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