Chebet beats strong team to win Nairobi cross country championship

By Dennis Okeyo: Sunday, February 2nd 2020 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Athletics

World cross country medalist Sandra Chebet won Nairobi senior women’s cross country championships at Posta Grounds on Saturday.

Chebet summoned little energy to beat her close challenger in Caroline Gitonga, who kept close tabs throughout the race, to win in 35:07.2.

Gitonga settled for second spot in 35:10.2 ahead of Samary Cherotich, who sealed the top three places in 37:15.1. 

“This is hardest race I have ever competed in the country. The rains and mud made the course difficult. I want to stay in good shape ahead of national championships at Uhuru Gardens. I want to secure the Africa Cross Country ticket to Togo,” said Chebet. 

Silah Kiptoo commanded the men’s race from three kilometres to win in 31:33.3.  Naibei Kiplimo came second in 31:57.5 ahead of Joel Melly (32:6.9). 

“Last week, I finished seventh at Discovery Cross Country in Eldoret and I opted to try my luck here. I am determined to represent Kenya this season after missing out last year. I want to get good results in order to get a manager,” said Kiptoo. 

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In women’s 6km race, Trizah Cherotich (21:56.4) of Langata won ahead of training mate Anne Naasisho who settled for second place in 22:08.4. Hildah Chebet came third in 22:48.6. 

“The course was difficult. I am glad to have made the Nairobi team and I am looking forward to the National Cross Country Championships next weekend,” said Cherotich. 

In men’s 8km junior race, Joseph Waweru led from the gun and controlled the four-loop race to win in 24:46.6. 

Jackson Kasaine returned second in 25:23.9 as Victor Chepkwony sealed the podium place in 25:37.7.

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