AFRICA 10,000m champion Kenneth Kipkemoi beat a classy filed to win the men's 10km race at the Discovery cross country in Eldoret yesterday.
Kipkemoi romped home in 29:41.2 while cross country runner Dennis Kimetto came second in 29:52.7 followed by Bidan Karoki (30.03.1) in third place.
Yusuf Biwott (30.09.7), Olympic 1,500m champion Asbel Kiprop (30.23.5) and Charles Kimeli (30.27.1) followed in that order. Kipkemoi broke away from the leading pack after 2km and built up his lead right up to the tape.
Kipkemoi trains at the Strawbac camp in Kaptagat and hopes to make the team to the world cross country championships in Poland in March.
"I am happy for my victory though I was not feeling well. .I decided to open a wide gap so that I could give myself allowances to calculate my tace alone.The next thing is now to train hard and make the team to
Poland," The 28-year old Kipkemoi said. Asbel on the other hand said he was using the event to prepare for the world athletics championships in August.
In the 6km senior women's race, marathon bigwigs Rita Jeptoo and Priscah Jeptoo commanded the race from the gun until the last 300m when Rita went full throttle to win the race.
Rita, a Boston Marathon winner, won the race in 23:33.1 while the world marathon silver medallist Priscah settled for second in 20:35.1 after running shoulder to shoulder for the better part of the rcae.
Beatrice Mutai came second in 20:35.7 while Betty Wilson finished fourth in 20:36.1. Alice Kimetto was fifth in 20:37.2 as Edith Jelimo (20.38.1) closed the top six.
Rita Jeptoo revealed her intention for the world cross country championships.
"I have been on the road but I want to try my lack in cross country. I will be at the national trials next month and I hope I will make the team to the world cross," Rita said.
Defending champion and All Africa Games 1,500m silver medallist Joyce Chepkirui faded off the radar after 2.5km. In the 8km junior men's category upcoming runner Ronald Chebolei obliterated the field to win in 23.:56.8 beating London Plymouth half marathon winner Peter Emase to second in 23.58.2.
Bernard Kipkemoi placed third in 24:14.8 while Peter Limo was fourth in 24.17.9. Daisy Jepkemoi was crowned the 6km junior women's race winner after clocking 21:03.2 while Caroline Jepkoech came second in 21.10.5 followed by Margaret Jelimo in 21.12.4.