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January 26, 2015

The Kenya’s athletics production line moved a notch higher after new talents came to the fore during the annual Discovery Kenya Cross Country race in the Rift Valley over the weekend.



Characteristic with it’s name, the discovery race, in it’s 24th edition this year, lived up to the purpose when hitherto green horns Peter Emase, Richard Kimunyang and Agnes Tirop emerged from the woods to win in their respective races.



 Emase, 21, who is training with Ken Kipyego at Runfast training camp in Iten, joined a long list of elite athletes Evans Cheruiyot (2007), Mathew Kisorio (2009), Joel Kimurer (2010), Geoffrey Kipsang (2011), Kenneth Kipkemoi (2013) and Wilson Kiprop (2014) who starred in the Nike-Sponsored event annually organized by Rosa and Associates in Eldoret.



He posted 29:43.6 to become the latest champion while another new discovery Stephen Arita floored big names to claim the second position in 29:47.2 in the senior men’s 10Km in the competition graced by Athletics Kenya vice-president David Okeyo and Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago.



In Women, new catch Agnes Tirop proved her running maxim after disappointing experienced start-list topped by former two-times World junior cross country champion Viola Kibiwott and marathoners Jemimah Jelagat and Hela Kiprop with ease. She won the shorter 6Km senior women in 19:40.9



The new star was followed by maturing Purity Cherotich and Kibiwott who came second and third in 19:58.8 and 20:03.9. Jemimah and Kipro timed 20:34.6 and 20:36.2 in 7th and 8th positions.



Fast-raising Richard Kimunyan, who has been trailing in the KCB Athletics Kenya cross-country circuits, discovered the winning foot after beating more 350 competitors in the junior men’s 8kilometres category.



He clocked 23:53.0 where Nicodemus Kurui, Mathew Kiptanui and Evans Kurui trailed in 23:56.2, 23:56.6 and 24:04.4 in second, third and fourth places.



New talents were also discovered in six other categories with seasoned Sandra Chebet and Linah Cheruto topping the 6km junior women while Kipruto Kiptoo and Caroline Jeruto were the new kids on the block in 2km for boys and girls below 12 years.



A total of 1995 participants took part during the race held at it’s traditional venue at the Eldoret sports Club.



Leading Results

10Km men

  1. Peter Emase                    29:43.6,
  2. Stephen Arita                 29:47.2,
  3. Kenneth Kipkemboi          29:51.0,
  4. Bernard Kipkemoi            29:56.6,
  5. Edwin Kimaiyo                 30:00.1,
  6. Alex Kibet                      30:10.3,
  7. Peter Lagat                    30:11.8,
  8. Emmanuel Kipchirchir     30:15.8,
  9. Peter Limo                     30:17.0,
  10. Johana Maiyo                 30:21.9.


6Km senior women

  1. Agnes tirop                   19:40.9,
  2. Purity Cherotich           19:58.8,
  3. Viola Kibiwott               20:03.9,
  4. Margaret Chelimo         20:07.2,
  5. Jpsephine Chepkoech   20:18.5,
  6. Virginia Nyambura        20:29.1,
  7. Jemimah Jelagat          20:34.6,
  8. Hela Kiprop                  20:36.2,
  9. Linet Chepkirui            20:38.2,
  10. Leonida Mosop             20:43.2.


Junior men 8Km

  1. Richard Kimunyang      23:53.0,
  2. Nicodemus Kurui        23:56.2,
  3. Mathew kiptanui        23:56.6,
  4. Evans Kurui               24:04.4,
  5. Moses Koech             24:05.1,
  6. Leonard Langat         24:05.9,
  7. Donald Mitei             24:06.5,
  8. Elkana Yego              24:13.5,
  9. Mathew Kimeli          24:14.4,
  10. Victor Kosgei            24:14.9.


6Km Junior women

  1. Sandra Chebet       20:18.2,
  2. Linah Cheruto         20:29.2,
  3. Daizy Jepkemei       20:42.7,
  4. Emmah Jebet           20:46.1,
  5. Roselida Jepketer   20:51.3,
  6. Gladys Koech          20:55.3,
  7. Betty Jepkemoi      20:56.4,
  8. Shirlyne Kosgei      21:06.4,
  9. Jackline Jepkoech 21:07.3,
  10. Janet Masai           21:08.6.


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