Former world cross country champion Joseph Ebuya and Olympic 1,500m champion Asbel Kiprop dropped out of as the sensational Gideon Kipketer went on to win the Tuskys Wareng cross country meeting yesterday in Eldoret.
Kiprop and Ebuya dropped out after 4 and 8km respectively to pave way for Kipketer to win the race in 36:04.1 minutes. Africa cross country gold medallist Clement Lagat finished second in 36:04.9 while Hosea Naile was placed third in 36:07.3.
David Maru (36:13.1) and Rono Kipngetich (36:13.5) completed the top five places while Bernard Kipyego (36:39.2) was sixth.
The high pace race had Kipketer, Maru, Nailel and Lagat commanding the proceedings while exchanging the leads until in the last 50m when Kipketer out-sprinted them to win the race.
Kipketer, who placed fourth in junior ranks at the world cross country in Poland, was very delighted to have won his first senior race after graduating this year.
"This was my first race in senior ranks and I am happy that I started it with a bang. Though the competition was tough, I must admit that the field was very strong and this kept me going," Kipketer said.
He added that he will be seeking a podium finish next year at the world cross country in Poland. "I hope to return to Poland next year and this time, God willing, I am aiming for a win," He added.
Commonwealth 1,500m gold medallist Stacy Ndiwa obliterated a strong field to win the senior women's 8km crown in 27:30.6 minutes. Pamela Lisorengo finished second in 27:32.7 while Georgina Rono finished third in 27:43.1.
Hela Kiprop (27:54.3), Irene Chebet (28:00.7) and Emily Biwott (28:07.3) closed the top six places while former all Africa Games 3,000m steeplechase queen, Ruth Bosibori placed 10th in 36:39.2 minutes.
Ndiwa, who has also graduated to senior ranks, said her intention is to make the team to the World Cross Country Championships next year in Poland.
"I have started my campaign to make the Kenya team to the World Cross Country Championships. I will be participating in the local cross country meets as part of my build-up for the national trials," he added.
Upcoming runner Emmanuel Kiprono scooped the junior men's title in 24:12.1 minutes while Abraham Kapsis placed second in 24:23.02. Kiprono placed second in Nyahururu, third in Kisii and sixth in Nyahururu in the ongoing cross country series
World junior 5,000m bronze medallist Agnes Chebet sparkled in the 6km junior women race clocking 20:47.1 minutes while Jackline Chebwogen settled for second place in 21.03.6.