The reigning Prague Half Marathon champion, Keneth Kiprop Renju ran away with the 10000m men’s title at the Athletics Kenya National Championships that was held on Wednesday (26) at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.
The 25 year-old who was representing the Western Region, beat a strong rich field that included the North Rift region 10,000m champion, Abraham Longosiwa, former Olympics silver medallist Paul Tanui and Japan based athlete Wesley Kimutai who was representing Central Rift.
Kiprop took charge of the 25 lap race after Tanui found the going too tough for him and he decided to drop after the 12 laps, leaving Longosiwa, Kimutai and Kiprop to battle for honors.
Kiprop was too good for Kimutai and Longosiwa as he pulled away from them with three laps to go, increasing his pace and forging ahead with huge strides to cross the line in a time of 28:06.67 with the latter coming home in second in 28:32.89.
“I am happy with this win and ready to represent my country in this event at the Africa Senior Championship,” said Kiprop.
Longosiwa was left with no option but to settle in third place in 28:40.89.
Kenya Prisons Service, Geoffrey Korir and Benson Monshon from Nairobi Region came home in fourth and fifth in a time of 28:43.33 and 28:44.45 respectively.
Athletics Kenya will use this championship to pick the team that will represent the country in the coming Africa Senior Championships that will be held from June 8-12 in Mauritius