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November 6, 2016

Middle distant specialist Helen Onsando Obiri extended her strides longer by successfully winning the Ten kilometers senior women cross country in Nairobi as Athletics Kenya build-up series kicked off on  Saturday.


The signature also witnessed born-winner Sandra Felis Chebet and new-found Mathew Kimeli dictating the going-on in the junior classes during the competitions held at Telkom Playing Grounds on the western side of the city capital.


Obiri, who resumed her training recently after clinching a silver medal in 5,000metres during the Rio Olympics Games in August, won in 34:03.9 as seasonal Katui Muia started the season with success in the  senior men 10kilomress.


“I have been training for three weeks now after competing in the Olympics Games two months ago. My focus is to compete at the cross-country nationals in February and make the team to the World  Championships in Uganda. I hope to make it,” said the champion that is a middle distant specialist who has competed prominently in 1,500metres.


Cross-country expert Sheila Chepkirui timed 34:27.0 for second place while Nancy Nzisa and marathoner Beatrice Chepkemboi clocked 34:42.9 and 35:08.4 as the season gains momentum that will climax in Kampala, Uganda in March next year where the World Championships will take place.


 In senior men, Muia, a Machakos based cross-country regular, won in 30:24.9 to edge out school boy Andrew Lorot who tried his experience in the senior category for the first time before sitting his national  exams this month. Lorot, with top honours from East Africa Secondary Schools Championships, completed in 30:27.7


Veteran Stephen Arita, who was among the leading lights in the series chase last year, finished third in 30:30.3 while Franklin Ng’elel and Moses Mukono, all old hands in cross country running, were fourth and fifth in 30:40.8 and 30:47.3.


As projected, multiple junior champion Sandra Chebet, who dominated in the series last season, re-enacted her victorious scripts by reclaiming her last term’s title in 19:58.5 as new entrant Mathew  Kimeli ruled in the 8Kilometres junior men.


The winner took 24:10.5 while second and third-placed Daniel Kipchumba and Vincent Ng’etich timed 24:12.1 and 24:13.4 in that order during the assembly held on favourable weather conditions.


From Nairobi, all roads will lead to Kilgoris in Trans Mara for the second tabularized leg meant to prepare local cross-country hopefuls for the World Competitions.


Top Finishers:

10Km Senior Men

1. Katui Muia 30:24.9

2. Andrew Lorot 30:27.7

3. Stephen Arita 30:30.3

4. Franklin Ng’elel 30:40.8

5. Moses Mukono 30:47.3


8Km Junior Men

1. Mathew Kimeli 24:10.5

2. Daniel Kipchumba 24:12.1

3. Vincent Ng’etich 24:13.1

4. Nicholas Chelule 24:16.9

5. Alex Kibet 24:23.4


10Km Senior Women

1. Helen Obiri 34:03.9

2. Sheila Chepkirui 34:27.0

3. Nancy Nzisa 34:42.9

4. Beatrice Chepkemoi 35:08.4

5. Peninah Katui 35:12.2


6Km Junior Women

1. Sandra Felis Chebet 19:58.5

2. Lilian Kasait 20:22.4

3. Sheila Chelangat 20:27.5

4. Ednah Cheptoo 20:30.8

5. Carren Chebet 20:39.4.


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