The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Chebet Proves Fast for Rivals

The 2010 world cross country senior 8km champion Emmily Chebet continued her splendid form in the domestic circuit when she held off a determined challenge from Boston Marathon runner-up Jemimah Chelagat to clinch her second successive victory in Machakos over the weekend.

Chebet, who scooped the opening KCB/AK national cross country ceries opener in Nyahururu a week ago, received stiff received stiff opposition from the Kenya Defence Force (KDF) star Chelagat until she broke away with 7m to the tape to seal the win in 25:01.8.

"My preparations to return to Bydgoszcz next year are well on course and I'm pleased that today I overcame strong opposition from her (Chelagat)," the 2010 Poland world cross winner said.

In the senior men's long race, world Junior 10,000m bronze medallist, Geoffrey Korir, stunned an equally strong field to win in 32:52.7. Korir was sixth at the Kenyan Olympic Trial for 10,000m in Eugene, Oregon.

Among the established runners who were casualties of Korir's late surge for the tape included the Mwangangi pair of Caleb and John who won the 2010 world cross junior and this year's Africa cross country gold medals respectively.

Mark Kiptoo, who captained the Kenyan team for the 2009 world cross in Amman, Jordan still showed he had the legs at 36 when he finished fourth in a race where upstart Kenya Wildlife Service athlete, Silas Kimutai also upset the odds when he trailed the winner to finish second in 33:22.3.

Moses Mukono and Sheila Chemg'etich who were emphatic in the opening meeting in Nyahururu met their match here when they were supplanted from the top honours by Peter Namuria and world junior 3,000m title holder Mercy Chebwogen in the men 8km and women 6km junior races respectively.

Overnight rains caused concern at the start but sunny conditions saw the course hold out to stage closely contested races apart from the opening junior 6km event where Chebwogen simply dropped all challengers in a gun to tape performance. The event attracted 350 starters across the four races at the Machakos Technical Training Institute grounds.

Selected results--Junior women:1. Mercy Chebwogen (18:53.6), 2. Edna Chepkemboi 18:57.0, 3. Jackline Chebwogen 19:01.8, 4. Eva Cherono 19:06.8, 5. Damaris Muthee 19:14.00; Junior men:1. Peter Namuria 21:51.40, 2. Moses Mukono 21:52.40, 3. Peter Limo 22:05.10, 4. Katui Muia 22:05.60, 5. Hillary Langat 22:13.20; Senior women 8km: 1. Emily Chebet 25:01.8, 2. Jemimah Chelagat 25:03.6, 3. Joyline Chelagat 25:56.0, 4. Nzembi Musyoka 25:07.0, 5. Agnes Katunge 26:24.4; Senior men 12km: 1. Geoffrey Kirui 32:52.7, 2. Silas Kimutai 33:05.6, 3. Caleb Mwangangi 33:22.3, 4. Mark Kiptoo 33:28.0, 5. John Mwangangi 33:30.8.

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