European Indoor 3000m silver medallist, Isaac Kimeli was beaten to second by European 10,000m bronze medallist, Yann Schrub at the fourth leg of the CrossCup held on Sunday at the Hannut (Liège), Belgium.
Schrub who fell outside the top five at the European Championships, took on the Kenyan born Belgian in a thrilling race that left many astonished as the race favorites Gideon Rono who was the clear favorite after a great performance a fortnight ago during the Cinque Mulini in Italy and was expected to extend his winning streak. Another title contender was the World U20 3000m bronze medallist Levy Kibet from Kenya, who perfomed below his expectations.
The 26 year-old Frenchman was too hot to handle as he took charge of the race at the final stage, as he accelarated past Kimeli to cut the tape first in 28:29 with the latter following in second nine seconds later.
Home grown Guillaume Grimard made sure that his country is on the podium as he finished in third place in a time of 28:59.
Gideon Kiprotich and Kibet finished in fourth and fourteen place in a time of 29:07 and 29:42 respectively.
- Yann Schrub (FRA) 28:29
- Isaac Kimeli (BEL) 28:48
- Guillaume Grimard (BEL) 28:59
- Gideon Rono (KEN) 29:07
- Potter Ned (GBR) 29:08
Shadrack Chirchir took the honors in 8km Under20 boys which was the sixth event at the Agnes Jebet Memorial Cross-Country championships which is the fifth edition of World Athletics Cross Country Gold Tour that will be held on Saturday (12) at Lobo village in Kapseret, Uasin Gishu County.
Chirchir was too good to his opponents as he sailed through easily cutting the tape in 23:55 and he was followed by Gideon Rono who came second in 24:02.
“I want to train hard to succeed in 5000m which is my favorite race. Today the sun was extremely hot, but I had prepared well. Now I want to focus for my KSCE exams due in April,” said Chirchir.
Dennis Kipkirui closed the first three podium finishes in 24:10.
- Shadrack Chirchir 23:55
- Gideon Rono 24:02
- Dennis Kipkirui 24:10
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