Former Olympic Games 3,000m steeplechase champion Ruth Jebet won the women 12km race title at the 2nd edition of Nandi Barngetuny Memorial Mountain Run held on Sunday (8) in Tinderet, Nandi County.
The 26 year-old who was banned for four years by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) after testing positive for r-EPO (recombinant erythropoietin) in 2018 won the women title in a time of 1:09.05 and was followed in second by the 2017 Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon champion, Bornes Kitur in 1:09.47 with Ruth Chepkemoi finishing in third place in a time of 1:12.58.
The race was graced by Athletics Kenya president Jack Tuwei who urged athletes to embrace the new Mountain running race for prosperity of talents.
“This is a new career that needs to be nurtured. These athletes are ahead of us in terms of preparations after they went ahead to win gold and silver at the World Mountain and Terrace running last year. It is a good race and we must guard it very well,” said Tuwei.
Jebet who transferred her eligibility to run for Bahrain at the age of sixteen, pocketed Kshs 100,000.
- Ruth Jebet -1:09.05
- Bornes Kitur -1:09.47
- Ruth Chepkemoi -1:12.58
- Peres Kiyai -1:13.11
- Priscila Cherono -1:14:45