The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Kilel, Ngatuny Best in Kebirigo

CAROLINE Kilel and Emmanuel Ngatuny won the 10th edition of the Safaricom Kebirigo 10km road races in Nyamira County yesterday.

Kilel, winner of the Boston Marathon clocked 35:24.53 to win the race which started at Nyabite market and concluded at Kebirigo market.

In the men's category, Ngatuny beat former two-time world junior cross ccountry champion Phillip Mosima to win the race.

Ngatuny and Kilel also bagged the Gusii Golden Series jackpot walking home with Sh50, 000 each.

Ngatuny from Nyanturago in Kisii clocked 30:19.16 while Mosima returned a time of 30:33.87.

Kilel owas trailed by team mate Risper Chebet who clocked 36:04.44.

She said her victory was unexpected because she expected stiff competition from Chebet and Jane Moraa of Nyanturago who clocked 36:11.53.

"I did not expect to win the race. I expected a stiff challenge from my two opponents but through God's grace I have managed," Kilel said.

She found the race tough because it involved a lot of climbing especially towards the finishing poin. This was her second time to win the jackpot.

"I first won it in 2010. Now I hope to participate in other international events God willing," she added.

Kilel, who also wo the Kisii half marathon in August, said she will be training hard in preparation for international meetings.

Fourth, fifth and sixth slots in the women's run went to Lucy Riavoga of Kipkelion, Damaris Areba (individual) and Irene Mogaka another individual runner. They crossed the finish line in 36:45.54, 37:1508 and 37:54.44 respectively.

On his part, Ngaituny found the race good despite involving much climbing.

He also admitted he did not expect to win but he put in hard work which saw him manage to beat his opponents.

Mosima said he was aiming to win but he miscalculated in the final moments of the race that was why Ngaituny found a chance to beat him.

"I was sure of winning the race but I miscalculated. Still I am happy I came second," Mosima said.

Isaac Lagat and Moses Nkeiywa of Kipkelion and Nyanturago took third and fourth positions in personal best times of 30:35.33 and 30:41.40 respectively.

The race was flagged off by Narc-K leader and presidential hopeful Martha Karua and West Mugirango MP James Gesami.

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