Reigning World Mountain champion Patrick Kipng’eno added another title to his name as he conquered at the 2nd edition of Nandi Barngetuny Memorial Mountain Run held on Sunday (8) in Tinderet, Nandi County.
Kipngeno who plans to defend his world title ran away with the 12km senior men title when he cut the tape in a time of 56:21.51 and was followed by Josephat Kiprotich in 57:22.38 with Hillary Maiyo closing the first three podium finishes in 57:36.09.
After conquering the Nandi Mountain and terrains, he said that running in the mountain is not easy but needs determination.
“I almost lost the race after falling in one of the terrains but I managed to wake up and finished as a champion,” said Kipngeno.
He added that his next challenge will be to defend his Meru Mountain Running title. “This victory is good for me as I prepare to defend my Meru title,” said Kipngeno.
His closest competitor and the world mountain running silver medalist Philemon Kirongo Ombogo finished a distance 6th after falling at the 8km mark.
“I was leading between 1-8km but I fell along the way hence losing this title and missing the podium. But the miss has not stopped me from running well. I want to face another challenge in Meru,” said Kirongo.
Kipngeno pocketed Kshs 100,000.
- Patrick Kipngeno – 56:21.51
- Josephat Kiprotich – 57:22.38
- Hillary Maiyo -57:36.09
- Erick Kiptoo – 58:19.58
- Fredrick Domongele – 58:56.80
Africa U18 3000m champion Emmanuel Kiplagat and Esther Borura were the winners of the first Athletics Kenya Cross Country Championships that was held on Saturday (7) in at the Machakos People’s Park in Machakos County.
Following the postponement of the races to mourn the late Agnes Jebet Tirop, action resumed today and Kiplagat took on his closest challenger and he beat him hands down as he cut the tape in 29:40.07 with Vincent Kipkurui coming home second in 29:42.2. Fredrick Domongele closed the first three podium finishes in 30:08.0.
The 2020 Summer Olympian Leonard Bett finished in a distant fifth in a time of 30:25.8.
In women’s 10km race, Borura ran away with the title in 34:07.4 beating Caren Chebet who crossed the line in second in 34:28.52 with Valentine Jepkoech closing the podium finishers in 34:47.47.
Reigning Africa Junior 3000m bronze medallist Gideon Rono returned from circumcision leave to win the 8km junior men title when he cut the tape in 23:29.6 ahead of Parkesh Gasha who pulled 23:42.4 to come home in second place with Gideon Kipngetich finishing in third in 23:42.4.
In junior women, Janet Jepkoech was the victor in a time of 20:50.6 beating Sharon Chepngetich to second in 21:12.5 and Yvone Chepchirchir finishing in third in 21:20.7.
10KM SENIOR MEN
- Emmanuel Kiplagat -29:40.7
- Vincent Kipkurui -29:42.2
- Fredrick Domongele – 30:08.8
- Kipsambut Kimakal -30:10.7
- Leonard Bett – 30:25.8
10KM SENIOR WOMEN
- Esther Borura – 34:04.4
- Caren Chebet – 34:28.5
- Valentine Jepkoech -34:47.4
- Agnes Mumbua – 34:53.8
- Beatrice Chepkemoi- 35:03.3