• Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui wins the men's marathon athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships London 2017

ON-FORM KAROKI TOO SUPERIOR

January 29, 2017

World Half Marathon Champion Bedan Karoki Muchiri reaffirmed his competition superiority after obliterating a crowded field to defend his Discovery Kenya Cross Country title in Eldoret over the weekend.

 

Karoki, who is eyeing London Marathon title this year, beat more than 339 opponents in the senior men 10Kilometres while self-motivated Irene Chemtai emerged supreme in the senior women 8kilometres during the 26th edition of the race held at Eldoret Sports Club.

 

Famous for his front-running trademark, the Nyahururu- based runner made a decisive move after six kilometers with a fast pace that saw potential challenger Emmanuel Kipsang pull out of the contest.

 

“I came here to defend my title but was not sure. There were strong opponents and that is why I decided to kick early. I am happy for winning,” said Karoki, indicating he was not keen on the IAAF World  Cross Country as he was focusing on London Marathon this season.

 

He timed 29:54.2 where his immediate challengers Alex Kibet and Geoffrey Kipyego managed 30:05.4 and 30:06.8 for second and third places, becoming the first athlete to win the title two times in a row.

 

During the event co-sponsored by Nike, Athletics Kenya and Kenya Commercial Bank and graced by AK President Jackson Tuwei and the Federation’s Chief Executive Officer Susan Kamau, Mt Elgon-born Irene  Chemtai shook off stiff rivalry from experienced Lilian Rongoruk and Kenya-turned Bahrain Eunice Chebichii to bag the women crown.

 

She clocked 26:28.9 against a sweltering condition with Rongoruk and Chebichii crossing the finish line in 26:34.2 and 27:13.3 in the category that attracted 309 competitors.

 

World junior 3,000metres champion Richard Kimunyan and unfading Sanra Felis Chebet won the junior race classes easily to retain their bragging rights as the event marked its’ 26 years since inception in 1991.

 

The championships, organized by Rosa Associates and Athletics Kenya Central Rift, attracted 2,064 competitors from the age of 7 years, an upsurge from the previous 1,641 realized last year.

 

Leader Results

 

10Km Men

1. Bedan Karoki 29:54.2

2. Alex Kibet 30:05.4

3. Geoffrey Kipyego 30:06.8

4. Bernard Kipkemoi 30:08.5

5. Timothy Rono 30:10.4

6. Noah Kipkemboi 30:14.2

 

8Km Women

1. Irene Chemtai 26:28.9

2. Lilian Rongoruk 26:34.2

3. Lucy Cheruiyot 27:13.3

4. Eunice Chebichii 27:18.4

5. Gladys Chesir 27:23.6

6. Vivian Kiplagat 27:27.2

 

8Km Junior Men

1. Richard Kimunyan 23:53.5

2. Josphat Kipchirchir 24:01.7

3. Antony Saita 24:14.1

4. Collins Kemboi 24:29.7

5. Cleophas Kandie 24:33.4

6. Boniface Kiptarus 24:40.0

 

6Km Junior Women

1. Sandra Chebet 20:42.1

2. Chebet Ng’etich 21:09.9

3. Emily Chebet 21:19.1

4. Purity Ng’ang’a 21:38.4

5. Daisy Cherotich 21:41.7

6. Gloria Kite 21:43.7

 

 

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