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Kenya's Hellen Obiri, Jebet Cheptai to fly 10000m flag

ATHLETICS By Jonathan Komen | June 19th 2021
KDF's Hellen Obiri winning 10000m race during the Athletics Kenya trials for the Tokyo Olympic Games at The Moi International Sports Stadium, Kasarani, June 18, 2021. [Jonah Onyango, The Standard]

Olympic 5000m silver medalist Hellen Obiri and 2017 World Cross Country champion Irene Jebet Cheptai were too good for their challengers as they led 1-2 in 10000m inside Kasarani Stadium on Saturday.

Despite the high elevation and hot weather conditions, Obiri stopped the timer at 30:53.6.

Cheptai came second as world marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei came third.

Obiri said: "We have a strong team and I hope we will beat our rivals."

Hellen Obiri leading during the national trials for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games at The Moi International Sports Stadium, Kasarani, June 19, 2021. [Jonah Onyango, The Standard]
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