Capital FM (Nairobi)

3 November 2012

Kenya: Chebet, Matelong Win Nyahururu KCB Cross Country

Former World Cross champion, Emily Chebet and Peter Matelong won the senior races as the KCB/AK National Cross Country Series got underway at the Nyahururu Golf Club on Saturday.

Kibet, who won the global title in Poland in 2010, launched her bid to return to the same city next March when she broke away from Janet Kisia to win the senior women 8km race in 27:08.0.

"Since I won in Poland, injury kept me out for almost one year and having returned at the beginning of the year, I'm working to recover the form I had and I'm getting there," the African Cross Country bronze winner stated.

Kisia who won the national junior cross title last year came second in 27:10.0 ahead of Gladys Chemweno (27:14.1) who was 14th at the Poland World Cross in 2010.

In the corresponding 12km men's race, Peter Matelong, a younger brother of Richard who captained the Kenyan team to Bydgoszcz, injected a killer burst of pace over the last 100m to humble seven -time World Cross runner, Hosea Macharinyang for the win in 36:14.3.

Macharinyang and Isaac Korir who led the race for long periods after the podium trio separated from the field at half-way, arrived at the tape in a dead heat time of 36:18 that saw the latter protest vehemently to be declared second.

However, judges ruled in favour of the veteran with three-hundredth of a second separating Macharinyang and Korir.

Moses Mukono, who hails from the same village as world 800km record holder, David Rudisha and trains at the same camp with the Olympic champion delivered a front running master-class to win the men junior 8km race in 29:43.0.

"Just like Rudisha, I like running from the front and controlling the pace and that is what I did here today and I look forward to competing for my country as well as he has," the 17-year-old who finished eighth at the Barcelona World Juniors in July stated.

Emmanuel Bett ( 23:53.4) and Isaac Langat (23:59.1) came home to share the podium well behind the dominant winner who schools at the famed St Patrick's Iten where he is in Form 3.

Sheila Chepng'etich mugged namesake Roveline Chepng'etich metres from the tape to win the intriguing junior women 6km race that started the programme at Nyahururu Golf Course in a meet that attracted 420 participants.

The winner who returned sixth over 1500m at the Lille World Youth Championships last year kept close to her challenger until the last 30m when she went past for the tape in 20:20.5 against 20:29.3.

"I was in good shape and I knew I could sprint for the finish so I used her to pace me. I hope to make the Kenya team for the World Cross and this is a good start," the Form 1 student, 17, at Kapboroa Secondary School said.

The top six finishers earned points to compete for the jackpot for the series that moves to Machakos next Saturday for the second of the seven events.

RESULTS:

12 KM SENIOR MEN

1. Peter Matelong 36:14.3

2. Hosea Mwok Macharinyang 36:18.6

3. Isaac Korir 36:18.9

4. Hillary Kemboi 36:35.1

5. Charles Kibet 36:56.5

6. Richard Mureithi 37:03.4

7. Jarius Kipchoge 37:23:03

8. Linus Chumba 37:38.8

9. Bernard Mureithi 37:39.6

10. Eric Ndiema 37:44.7

8KM SENIOR WOMEN

1. Emily Chebet 27:08.0

2. Janet Kisa 27:10.0

3. Gladys Chemweno 27:14.1

4. Pauline Kahenya 27:19.3

5. Irene Jebet Cheptaa 27:32.3

6. Beatrice Chepkemoi 27:40.5

7. Ann Wanjiru 28:11.3

8. Joyline Chelangat 28:24.6

9. Lucy Liavoga 28:34.1

10. Emmy Chepkurui 28:46.5

8KM JUNIOR MEN

1. Moses Mukono 23:49.0

2. Emmanuel Bett 23:53.4

3. Isaac Langat 23:59.1

4. Gilbert Kirui 24:03.6

5. Katui Muia 24:07.0

6. Elphas Cheptek 24:10.1

7. Hillary Langat 24:13.6

8. Amos Langat 24:20.0

9. Peter Namuria 24:25.3

10. Clement Kemboi 24:32.7

6KM JUNIOR WOMEN

1. Sheila Chepng'etich 20:20.1

2. Roveline Chepng'etich 20:20.5

3. Agnes Jebet 20:29.3

4. Jackline Chebogwen 20:38.6

5. Eva Cherono 20:51.7

6. Sheila Jeptoo 21:18.3

7. Hellen Gitoe 21:37.6

8. Joyline Cherotich 21:40.8

9. Margaret Murinjo 21:48.6

10. Vivian Chepkemei 21:50.2

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