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Kipyego emerges winner on first day of AP Championships

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Updated Thursday, May 24th 2012 at 00:00 GMT +3

By Erick Ochieng’

London Half-Marathon champion, Edwin Kipyego, recorded 28:06.1 to beat national champion Peter Kirui and 30 others in men’s 10,000m final at the 12th Administration Police (AP) Inter-departmental Athletics Championship that ends at Nyayo National stadium in Nairobi on Thursday.

But Kipyego’s position was given to Henry Chirchir (28:47.1) as he was a guest runner. Second position was taken by Hillary Kiptoo (29:25.7) while third place went to Nelson Kiprop, who recorded 29:26.4.

Kirui, who two months ago triumphed in the New York Half-Marathon, led the fast-paced race throughout until the second last round where he was beaten to the tape and was to settle for fourth place.

Kirui currently trains in Kericho. He has no intention to pursue an Olympic dream   in men’s 5,000m at the forthcoming National Championships as his focus is in Benin for this year’s Senior Africa Olympics Championships where he is gunning for gold.

Kipyego is looking forward for the national trials where he will run in the 10,000m.

“I have been in good form that saw me win silver at the Italy Half Marathon last month. I thank my Run Fast Team in Iten who have contributed to this terrific form,” said Kipyego.

Susan Cheruiyot was the surprise package as she clocked 16:46.8 to win the women’s 5,000m final.

Cheruiyot, from Administration Police Training College (APTC) unit, who was making a debut in 5000m, was equally surprised by her win as her forte lies in the 800m which she won in last year’s championships.

Despite triumphing and qualifying for the forthcoming National Championships, Cheruiyot downplayed competing in the category, saying she can never beat the likes of World 5,000m and 10,000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot and other elite athletes who will be gunning for Olympic places in the category.

“I cannot beat them in 5,000m so the only option I have is to try my luck in the women’s 1,500m where I hope that I will make it to the 2012 London Olympics,” she said.

Emerging second was Nancy Jemtai, also from APTC, who registered 17:23.1, while third place was clinched by Elizabeth Chelangat from Rift Valley with a time of 17:38.0.

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