After superlative AK National Championships at Nyayo Stadium, Kenyan stars and newly crowned national champions now turned their focus to the Doha World Championships trials scheduled for September 12-13.
AK also used the three-day meet pick an early 10,000m squad with World 10, 000m bronze medalist Agnes Tirop staging a brilliant show qualify Doha World Championships slated for September 28-October 6.
The race which developed around Tirop, world champion Hellen Obiri, newcomer Rosemary Wanjiru of Kenya Prisons Service, former World Cross Country Champion Irene Kimais and Brilliant Jepkorir exchanging the lead for the entire event saw Tirop outsprints Obiri to the title. Tirop clocked 31:25.00 as Obiri settled for second place with 31:25.38. Prison’s Rosemary Wanjiru was third in 31:26.22.
In men’s 10,000m, the World under-20 20 champion Rhonex Kipruto, Rodgers Kwemoi also got men’s 10,000m early tickets to the World Championships. However, the three-time world half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor, the eventual winner of the trial. Kamworor has opted to concentrate on the forthcoming New York Marathon.
Kamworor clocked 27:24.76 ahead of Kipruto (27:26.34), with kwemoi, the 2015 World under-20 10,000m champion timing 27:26.92 in third place. Alex Oloitiptip of KDF finished fourth in 27:29.40.
Other highlight of the championships includes World 1500m current lead Timothy Cheruiyot, Elijah Manangoi, Winny Chebet all gearing up to the IAAF worlds championships trials with top performance.
Cheruiyot, also world 1500m silver medallist stepped down from his specialty to win the men’s 800m finals Cheruiyot timed 1:43.11 ahead of Jonathan Kitilit (1:44.50 as Cornelius Tuwei settled for second in 1:45.30 “I just wanted to sharpened my speed in 800m ahead of trials and remaining Diamond League meetings, that’s why I stepped down to 800m” said Cheruiyot.
Just as expected men’s 1500m finals national title went to World Champion Manangoi of Police easily clocked 3:37.36 to beat 2015 world 20 1500m champion Kumari Taki (3:37.44) in second place as Justus Soget timed 3:38.51 in third place.
“I feel great to come back from injury, I now in great form and ready to defend my title in Doha” said Manangoi after the race.
Winny Chebet (4:05.09) of KDF won the women’s 1500m finals. Selah Jepleting (4:05.43) was second Judith Jepleting was third timing 4:06.27.
African Youth Games 2000m steeplechase champion Fancy Cherono fine tune her World championships trial by winning the 3000m steeplechase finals. The Bomet-born timed 9:42.05. Mercy Wanjiru (9:43.96) was second while Caroline Biwott of KDF ran 9:56.78 in third place.
In other highlight of the Championships, Nicholas Chirchir (49.43) became the national champion after winning the 4oom hurdles beating Ezekiel Bett (50.30) to second with KDF’s John Gikonyi dipping 51.17 to close the podium. Two-time Africa High Jump champion Mathew Sawe of KDF scaled 2:15 to retain his national title.
World Under-18 400m silver medalist Mary Moraa (Police) dominated women’s 400m finals, winning the race in 52.65. Gladys Musyoki (Police) second in 54.13 while Nivian Michira of Prisons closed the podium in 54.24.
In men’s 400m finals, Alfas Kishoyian of KDF reclaimed his 400m title by winning the 45.55 seconds, lex Sampao was second in 46.41. Collins Omae third in 46.42.
“It’s feel great to reclaim my national title ahead of African Games where I hope to post good results” said Kishoyian.
Ferdinand Omanyala and Monica Safania of Police are the new national men and women’s 100m champions respectively. Omanyala clocked 10.48 seconds as Samuel Chege of KDF came in second in to second place in 10.73. Prisons’ Hesbon Ochieng was third in 10.80.Safania ran 12.36 to claim her first national title, beating Fresha Mwangi (12.69.) Patricia Isichi closed the podium.
On other results of the of the championships includes, Veronica Kerubo winning the women’s 400m hurdle title . Maximila Imali jump her way to victory in long jump with 6.28m, Gloria Mulei was secondin 6.91 with Petronila Mwombe taking bronze.
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