Kimoi stuns Sampao at Athletics Kenya Baringo County meeting
ATHLETICS By Ben Ahenda | June 29th 2015
The 2013 World 400m World Youth bronze medallist, Alex Sampao of Koibatek, was beaten by teammate Gilbert Kimoi during the Athletics Kenya (AK) Baringo County Athletics Championships.
Kimoi ran in 50.81 during the championships at Poror Secondary School at the weekend. Sampao timed 50.94 to finish ahead of Raymond Kibet who clocked 51.26.
Sampao, who represented Kenya in the 4x400m World Relays in the Bahamas, had earlier won his heat within the same time but was shocked to lose to Kimoi.
AK Baringo County chairman Barnabas Kitilit downplayed the low time recorded by Sampao, saying: "He tried his best but was slowed down by the size of the pitch, which was bigger than the standard size. We hope to improve on that at the regional championships on Saturday."
The AK Central Rift Inter Counties Athletics Championships, which will be held at Kipchoge Keino Stadium on Saturday, will see athletes from Baringo, Uasin Gishu and Nandi counties taking part.
Lydiah Jeruto of Koibatek clocked 59.91 seconds to win the women's 400m race, beating teammate Ann Mutai and Mercy Olmatete.
The 2011 World Youth 2,000m steeplechase champion Norah Jeruto beat a field of experienced runners, which included the 2012 World (Youth) champion Daisy Jepkemei, to win the women's 3,000m steeplechase in 10.35.00. Jepkemei managed 10.35.3 ahead of Jerotich Kirui who was third in 10.36.03.
Gladys Koech, who finished sixth in the World Junior Cross Country Championships in Guiyang this year, won the women's 10,000m in 36.52.05 ahead of Jebet Songol, also of Koibatek, in 38.29.25, while Jackline Kendagor of Baringo was third in 38.33.41.
East African Secondary Schools 10,000m champion Alfred Barkach of Marigat won the same race with a time of 30.23.69 and was followed by Philip Kiprono of Baringo Central in 30.32.59. Josephat Kimutai of Koibatek was third in 30.47.69.
Caroline Ruto of Koibatek timed 17.45.98 to win the women's 5,000m ahead of Faith Jesang who recorded 17.54.30 and Joy Jepkogei in 18.37.36.
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