Olympics and World 3000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto is eyeing the Isaiah Kiplagat Memorial Ndalat Gaa Cross Country title in Nandi slated for October 14.
Kipruto who won the Olympic and world water, hurdle and jump race at the Rio Olympic Games and Worlds in London by dethroning two times Olympic champion Ezekiel Kemboi will compete in the 12km race in ninth edition of Ndalat Gaa.
“I want to compete in the race competitively as i prepare for the new season. I dare other competitors to come and take on me,” said Kipruto.
Kipruto made his debut at the Ndalat Gaa Kids cross country in 2010 and was placed in fourth place in the 4km race before running in the 8km competition the following year where he was placed second.
Other athletes who horned their skills through Ndalat Gaa are former World and Olympics women’s marathon silver medalist Prisca Jeptoo who won in the first edition before moving on to be a world beater.
Olympic 1500m champion Faith Chepngetich who has won the event six times in a row, World junior bronze medalist Caroline Chepkoech among others were discovered through Ndalat Gaa.
The event, entering its ninth year, will be held at Ndalat Gaa Girls High School, inside the newly gazetted Ndalat Gaa pre-historic site was sponsored by Safaricom (Sh2 million), Nandi County Government, Kass Media Group, Skyward with air tickets for winners, New KCC, Kenya Seed, Kosigat Tea Estate’s Mama Chai brand and Mosop Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
Last year, Africa 10,000m champion Alice Aprot and Abraham Kiptum won the men’s and women’s senior races respectively.
Kiptum won senior men’s 10km race in 30 minutes, 48.9 seconds as Aprot who came fourth in 10,000m at the 2016 Olympics, beat a classy field to win the women’s 8km senior race in 27:24.5.