Kenya selects team for Cape Town
21 February 2012, 12:53
Sixteen athletes have been selected to
represent the country in the forthcoming African Cross Country Championships to
be held in Cape Town South Africa on March 18th 2012. The athletes
were selected after the National Cross Country trials at the Uhuru gardens in
In the Junior women category, 2011 World
Champion Faith Kipyegon did not have a hard time as she won her race ahead of
Agnes Jebet who came second Kipyegon won last year’s 6km race in Penta Umbria
Kipyegon clocked 19:50 in the six Kilometre
race, finishing ahead of Jebet who clocked 19:57. Alice Arpot was third (20:00)
while Nancy Chepkemoi finished off 4th to earn the last ticket to
Cape Town in a time of 20:06.
In the 8km Junior race, 3,000M World Youth
and Commonwealth Champion William Malel Sitonik was crowned the National
Champion in his second attempt of racing in cross country. He beat a tough
field with Justine Cheruiyot coming second clocking 23:12:1. Cornelius Kangogo
was third finishing in 23:20:00. Japheth Korir managed to squeeze in 4th
in a time of 23:20:6 to earn the last qualification spot.
In the Senior Women 8km race, Joyce
Chepkirui, took full advantage of the absence of World Champion Vivian
Cheruiyot and compatriot Linet Masai to win the race in a time of 26:08:8. Margaret
Wangari came in a close second ion a time of 26:09:4. Edna Kiplagat managed to
finish third timing 26:12:8 with Emily Chebet claiming the last qualification
spot in 26:17:3.
The men’s race was the most entertaining an
thrilling with heavy weight Mathew Kisorio being beaten fair and square and
missing out on a qualification spot.
Japan based 22 Year old Bernard Karoki won
the race after beating off stiff competition from Timothy Kiptoo and Vincent
Kiprop. Karoki who has been training in Japan for the last five years cut the
tape in a time of 35;19;2 after sprinting off from Kiptoo in the last 50
metres. Kiptoo came in second in a time of 35;25;00.
However, Karoki will not be participating
in the African Championships saying that he will be preparing for the FUKUOKA
The Men Senior team will have Timothy
Kiptoo- 35:25:00, Vincent Kiprop- 35:37:00, Fredrick Musyoki- 35:41:3 and
William Chebon- 35:49:00
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