The Star (Nairobi)

8 June 2012

Kenya: Sitonik Clinches 10,000m Victory at Junior Trials

World youth 3,000 meters champion William Malel Sitonik clinched the 10,000m victory on the opening day of the junior trials at Nyayo stadium yesterday. Sitonik clocked 28:29.3 with Philemon Cheboi seven seconds back in 28:36.8.

He was followed by Bernard Katua in third place in 28:55.0. Sitonik showed his class under the overcast skies and chilly conditions by running a tactical race. He stayed in the chasing pack which included Eliud Tarus, Edwin Mokua and Solomon Ngui and Eliud Tarus.

In the ninth lap, Tarus surged to the front only to be pegged back by Cheboi and Sitonik. By the halfway point the leading pack of five had opened a gap of 30 meters on the rest of the field. Sitonik then surged to the front in the 20th lap and never looked back, opening a gap on Cheboi which his rival could not close. A delighted Sitonik said he was now setting his sights on adding the world junior title to the to youth title he won in Lille last year. "I'm looking forward to adding the junior title and expecting tough competition from the Ethiopians," Sitonik added.

Daisy Chepkemoi carried the day in the girls 3,000 meter steeplechase final. Running from the front Chepkemoi kept a steady pace to clock 10:06.6 to book her ticket in Kenya's world junior championship team. Stella Kitto came second in 10:07.4 with Nyambura Nganga third in 10:24.6. Jackline Chepkurui was fourth in 10:25.8. In the girls 5,000m final Caroline Chepkoech edged past Agnes Chebet to secure the ticket. Chepkoech clocked 15:49.1 with Agnes Chebet posting 15:49.6 and Eunice Chebichi 15.59 .7.

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