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Splendid showing

By FRANCIS ONTOMWA? | May 25th 2012


?Dan Tanui Kiprop of Western Province posted 31:07.79 to defend the 10,000m title during the Inter-Collegiate Athletics Championships at Eregi Teachers Training College.

Kiprop of Western’s Kaimosi TTC and Collins Kipchirchir of Rift Valley’s Tambach broke away from the pack just after three laps, leaving their challengers trailing hundreds of meters behind.

Tambach TTC’s Bascaline Chemtai in action at



Kiprop, who at one time trained under retired 3,000m ace Daniel Komen, unleashed powerful finishing kick with 800m to finish line to retain the title he won for the first time last year in Kericho.

 Kiprop told The Standard: “I knew I would win, but I must admit that Kipchirchir was a worthy challenger. Without him in the race, I could not have improved my time, he is a great runner.”

It was yet another show of might between Kiprop and Kipchirchir in the 5,000m on Wednesday  where Kiprop won in15:1.29. Kipchirchir came second in 15:15.72, while Evans Kipkorir of Rift Valley clocked 16:00.97 to finish third.

Revenge today

After the 10,000m race, Kipchirchir said: “I lost to him (Kipkorir) yesterday and I thought today I would revenge but he has proved he is the best.”

Beatrice Kiplagat of Rift Valley shone in the long and middle distance races after she won 1,500m, 3,000m steeplechase, 5,000m and 10,000m.

Kiplagat clocked 4:58.11seconds to win the 1,500m during the Championships organised by Kenya Teachers Colleges Sports Association (KTCSA).

Peninnah Ngugi of Eastern Province was second after clocking 5:03.56, while Annette Kagendo of Central was third in 5:07.03. 

Two hours ago, Kiplagat had clinched the 10,000m     in 37:36. 24. He added another feather in her cap after she won the 3,000m steeplechase after clocking 11:41.41 in a race where Ruth Keter of Nyanza finished second in 12:07.45, while Ivan Jepkoech crossed the finish line in 12:15.45 for the third position.

?Gesare Saumu of Eastern shrugged off a stiff challenge from Western duo of Beryl Mukana and Caroline Achieng’ to win the women’s 400m in 1:11.04.

Mukana finished second in 1:11.51, while Achieng’ timed 1:13.56 to finish third in the championships graced by Commissioner of Sports Gordon Oluoch.

Jemtai Bett of Eastern clocked 28:5.00 to clinch the women’s 5,000m walk race, followed by Silvia Kiptum of Rift Valley (29:22.40) and Grace Nyasunguta of Western (29:34.12).

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