Two-time World Cross Country champion secures top spot in police championships

Geoffrey Kimworor wins 10km Men race during the National Police Service cross country championship at Ngong race course on Jan 13, 2018. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

World cross country champion Geoffrey Kamworor and Stacy Ndiwa won the National Police Service Cross Country Championships at Ngong Race Course yesterday.

Representing Western, Kamworor exchanged the lead with newcomer Noah Kipkemboi, who competed as a guest, before blowing him away with one lap to go to win the 10km race in 29:11.2 –earning his fifth police cross country championships title.

Kipkemboi clocked 29:28.2 to finish second ahead of Central’s Josephat Bett (29:32.5). Emmanuel Bett settled for fourth place in a time of 29:49.4. Joseph Kiptum (29:57.9) while Kipsang Temoi was fifth in 30:09.5.

“I’m so used to competing here at Ngong Race Course. I was sure of victory. And I’m grateful for winning my fifth title. Now, next target is to defend my IAAF World Half Marathon title in Valencia. My target there is to win it for the third time in a row,” said Kamworor, who studied at Lelboinet Boys High School in Keiyo South.

Kipkemboi, a runner up finisher at the cross country season opener at Ndalat Gaa in October last year eyes the Africa cross country slot.

“I hope to make it past the national into the African team. The race was fair considering I was competing against the likes of Kamworor. I’m contented with my performance,” Kipkemboi said.

Running for Kenya Police College, 25-year-old Ndiwa beat a strong field to reclaim the police title she won in 2015.

The Iten-based Ndiwa exchanged the lead with steeplechase specialist Beatrice Chepkoech of Anti-Stock Theft Unit and General Service Unit (GSU) Ruth Chepngetich before pulling away with four kilometres go to win in 34:06.8.

Chepkoech (34:24.8) returned second while Chepngetich came in third in 34:35.8. All Africa Games 5000m champion Margret Chelimo (34:43:5) Margaret Wangare (35:05.0) finished fourth and fifth.

“The windy conditions made it a tough race. But I am glad to win my second race. I am now focusing on the national trials, after which I will be glad to represent Kenya at the Africa Cross Country Championships in Algeria in March,” said Ndiwa, who finished fifth at the 2015 World Cross Country in Guiyang, China.

She added: “I will also try 10,000m during the Commonwealth Games trials and I hope to make the team.”

Some of the elites included world 1500m champion Elijah Manangoi and three-time world 1,500m champion Asbel Kiprop and Augustine Choge.

 

Next Story
LATEST STORIES
City drop Sanchez interest as Mourinho waits in wings

City withdrew from the battle to secure the services of Alexis Sanchez, leaving Jose Mourinho as the only contender.

Gor Mahia leaves two players out of CAF lineup as uncertainty lingers

Two Gor Mahia players are at uncertainty in their career after champions left them out CAF Championship lineup.

How high press dismantled City

Manchester City’s quest to be the latest 'Invincibles' of English football ended, thanks to nine minutes of mayhem.

Latest EPL Table 2017-18: Premier League standings

View Latest EPL Table 2017-18: Premier League standings

Kenya chase first victory: After shaky start, Kenyans face a side that defeated defending champs

Youngsters seek to bounce back to winning ways against hosts New Zealand.

Kenyan Premier League: Bandari recruits Rwandese goalie, Ochomo back

Bandari football club has completed its recruitment process ahead of the start of the 2018 Kenya Premier League, which k

More Stories
NOCK: Governance key to success, says Tergat

The National Olympic of Kenya president Paul Tergat has underscored the importance of good governance in improving sport

Kamworor and Ndiwa arrest rivals

World cross country champion Geoffrey Kamworor and Stacy Ndiwa won the National Police Service Cross Country tournament.

Kangogo and Aprot triumph: Stars eye slots to Commonwealth Games

Ndiwa re-affirms his comeback, focus now shifts to next month’s national trials.

Kamworor and Ndiwa arrest rivals: Winner says next target is to defend his IAAF World Half Marathon title in Valencia

Two-time World Cross Country champion shrugs off opposition to secure top spot in police championships.

Obiri shoots down rivals at Air Base: KDF parades best talent at cross country meet

Youngster Kering stuns rich field to win men’s race.

Tergat signs deal with Kenya Power

Tergat signs deal with Kenya Power

Prisons warders set for bruising battle

Prisons warders set for bruising battle

Police issue warrant of arrest: Big show as Kenya’s top guns battle for glory

The men in blue will stage a national cross-country meet at Ngong Race Course on Saturday.

Athletics: Cheruiyot and Kasait top cross-country races

World 1,500m silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot and fellow Kenyan Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi took top honours at the 41s

Athletics: Nyokaye, Chepng’eno shine

Sammy Nyokaye and Betty Chepng'eno won the fourth Rachuonyo cross country meeting in Kendu Bay yesterday.