It was not a bed of roses for defending national champions who were dethroned during the Lotto Athletics Kenya (AK) cross country championships at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi on Saturday.
World half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya Police and Africa winner Alice Aprot of Kenya Prisons lost their titles.
Kamworor was placed third in 29:03.04 to surrender the title to teammate and Africa cross country champion Leonard Barsoston in the senior men’s 10 km race.
Barsoston timed 28:56.03 to win and pip fellow police officer, BDP Lisbon half marathon champion Bedan Karoki into second soot in 29:03.04.
The 2008 World Cross country junior silver medalist Irene Cheptai of Kenya Police deposed Aprot as the senior women’s 10km holder by stopping the timer in 31:47.05.
Aprot clocked 32:18.08 to finish fourth behind second placed South Rift’s Lilian Kasait a 3000m silver medalist at the World Youth Championships in Donetsk.
Olympic 1500m champion, South Rift’s Faith Chepngetich completed the last podium finish in 32:12.09.
World Youth 2000m silver medalist Nairobi’s Sandrafellis Chebet emerged victorious in junior women’s 6km race by timing 19:46.06.
World Youth 2000m champion Nairobi’s Cellphine Chepteek was second in 19:46.06 as South Rift’s Sheila Chelangat was third in 19:49.06.
Central Rift’s Richard Kimunyan reigned supreme in the men’s junior 8km race in 23:93.02.
Southern’s Meshak Kyuguti was second in 23:10.00 as World Junior 5000m bronze medalist Nairobi’s Wesley Ledama was third in 23:13.02.
Senior men’s 10km
- Leonard Barsoston Police 28:56.03
- Bedan Karoki Police 29:02.3
- Geoffrey Kamworor Police 29:03.04
- Vincent Rono Nairobi 29:06.03
- Leonard Komon Coast 29:08.08
- Leonard Lagat South Rift 29:13.08
- Nicholas Kosimbei South Rift 29:22.06
- Peter Emase Prisons 29:23.05
- Mangata Ndiwa Prisons 29:24.01
- Barnabas Koskei Coast 29:27.01
Senior women’s 10km
- Irene Cheptai Police 31:47.05
- Lillian Kasait South Rift 31:51.09
- Faith Chepngetich South Rift 32:12.09
- Alice Aprot Prisons 32:18.08
- Agnes Tirop Police 32:47.04
- Hyvin Kiyeng Police 32:52.03
- Joan Chepkemoi South Rift 33:02.01
- Pascalia Jepkorir Police 33:06.07
- Nancy Nzisa Prisons 33:09.05
- Margaret Chelimo Nairobi 33:14.07
Junior men’s 8km
- Richard Kimunyan Central Rift 23:93.02
- Meshak Kyuguti Southern 23:10.00
- Wesley Ladema Nairobi 23:13.02
- Edwin Kiplagat South Rift 23:14.05
- Amos Kirui South Rift 23:17.01
- Ronald Kirui South Rift 23:22.00
- Shadrack Kimutai Central Rift 23:24.02
- Evans Keitany Central Rift 23:27.05
Junior women 6km
- Sandrafellis Chebet Nairobi 19:46.06
- Cellphine Chepteek Nairobi 19:46.06
- Sheila Chelangat South Rift 19:49.06
- Immaculate Chepkirui South Rift 19:51.08
- Joyline Cherotich South Rift 19:53.08
- Esther Muthoni Nairobi 19:56.07
- Zena Yego North Rift 19:58.01
- Jebet Ngetich Central Rift 20:01.04
- Emily Chebet Nairobi 20:11.06
- Edna Jebitor Nyanza North 20:13.06