Kiptoo triumphs in Kenya Defence Forces Athletics Championships
|Cornelius Kiplagat wins the 800m heat ahead of former Africa champion Jackson Kivuva during the Kenya Defence Forces Athletics Championships at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. INSET: Mark Kiptoo. [PHOTO: STAFFORD ONDEGO/STANDARD]|
SEE ALSO :KDF soldier killed, corpse burntThe 36-year-old, but evergreen, Kiptoo formed the leading pack of eight runners, which had KDF cross-country champion Leonard Oloitiptip and Africa 5,000 silver medalist Kiprono Menjo. Kiptoo, who trains at the Pace Sports Management in Kaptagat, dictated the slow pace in the first lap as Peter Mateelong dropped off leaving just Oloitiptip, Menjo and Linus Chumba in tow. The Laikipia Air Base soldier exchanged the lead with Menjo and Oloitiptip and then charged forward with a super-finish to go past the flagging Chumba, who drifted back to fourth place. Kiptoo, from Soy in Uasin Gishu County, then produced a sudden burst of speed through the race to stop the timer in 28:55.4. His team mate Oloitiptip (28:55.8), Menjo of Moi Airbase (28:56.1) and Embakasi’s Chumba (29:01.1) came second, third and fourth respectively.
SEE ALSO :KDF soldiers beat up Likoni residentsLanet’s Richard Ndengwa (29:02.0), Lewis Mosoti (29:02.7) of Isiolo, Reuben Limaa (29:03.4) and Peter Mateelong (29:09.0) of Nakuru followed in that order. Kiptoo, also a former Africa 5,000m champion, said: “The race was not that tough. I have made the nationals to Commonwealth Games, world cross-country and Africa Championships but not world championships and this has become a headache to me. It is my desire that I make the national team to World Championships this year,” said Kiptoo. Former Africa 800m bronze medalist Jackson Kivuva (1:49.1) will lead the men’s 800m charges in today’s semi-finals. Kivuva, who competes for Moi Air Base, will join forces with team mate Kayus Mauti in a bid to lock out Linus Biwott 1:50.8 (Nakuru), Hosea Kandie 1:49.6 (Lanet) and Isaac Rokony (1:49.1) of Nairobi. Sammy Kesken of Thika, who was in Africa team to Benin last year, is expected to lead in the high jump finals tomorrow.
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