Former Barcelona Marathon champion Valary Aiyabei Jemeli took top honors at the 8th edition of Safaricom Iten 10km road race that was held on Saturday (25) in Elgeyo Marakwet County.
The 27 year-old defeated a host of runners to emerge victorious in women’s race that started at Bugar Centre before ending at Iten town.
Running on home ground, receiving cheers from fans lining up on the course, the 2015 Kass marathon champion stepped in the lead with just 100m and enjoyed the lead until the finish line, though she had difficulties in uphill with Lucy Cheruiyot the 2016 Madoka half marathon taking advantage to close the gap.
Jemeli held on to cut the tape in 33:18.8 and was followed by Cheruiyot who crossed the line in 33:27.2 before Lydia Njeri closing the podium three finishes in 33:34.8.
“I came here for speed work ahead of my Beijing marathon. Coming from the same area, I know the route and utilized it very well” said Jemeli who cut the tape in 33:18.0.
She added that as a marathoner, she did not expect to win because 10km is a faster race.
“I am surprised by the win because, as a marathoner, my speed is slow though I managed to beat them all,” said Jemeli, who has dominated local races like cross country and road races.
- Valary Jemeli 33:18.8
- Lucy Cheruiyot 33:27.2
- Lydia Njeri 33:34.8
- Joyce Jepkemoi 33:52.5
- Sharon Jelimo 34:30.7
- Gladys Yator 34:32.6