Big names secure IAAF World Cross Country slots

Big names secure  IAAF World Cross Country slots

Big names secure IAAF World Cross Country slots

Top stars secured slots in Team Kenya for the next IAAF World Cross Country championships to be staged in Kampala during the national Athletics Kenya /Lotto National Cross Country trials at Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi on Saturday 18th February

The year 2014 Africa cross country champion Leornad Barsoton claimed the senior men's 10km title stunning defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor.

The Japan-based athlete honed by former world cross country silver medallist Clement Lang'at blazed the trails winning the race in 28:56.3

Karoki fresh from winning RAK half marathon finished second with an impressive 29:02.3and Kamworor finished third in 29:03.4.

Barsoton who train in Iten is confident of the title in Kampala.

"I have been competing with the duo and finishing behind them. Today I won and I hope to replicate the same at world stage," He said.

The year 2008 world junior cross country silver medallist Irene Cheptai proved her worth winning the senior womens 10km title.

After a tough battle with the elite field, Cheptai tore it into shreds to secure the victory in 31:47.5.

The sprint finish was a replica of the Discovery cross country where Cheptai beat Lilian Kasait again to second in 31:51.9  and  Olympic  1500m queen Faith Chepng'etich also the  2013 World Cross junior champion came in third in 32:12.9.

All Africa Games 10,000m champion Alice Aprot finished fourth in 32:18.8.

World Cross Country Champion Agnes Tirop was placed fifth in 32:47.4 with World 3,000m steeplechase champion Hyvin Kiyeng finishing sixth in 32:52.3

In the junior category commonwealth Games 3000 winner Richard Komunyan won his first national cross country title.

Kimunyan clocked 23:03.0 beating Mesharck Munguti to second in 23:10.0 and Wesley Ledama timed 23:13.2 in third.

Kimunyan who has been performing well on the track has this season showed good form on grass. He won the Discovery cross country last month in Eldoret and went ahead to secure a win at the Central Rift regional cross country championships.

"This season I was preparing for the cross country and I am happy that I have made the cut into the team. The remaining part is now to get gold in Kampala," Said  Kimunyan who settled for bronze at the previous world youth event said.

World Under Youth 3,000m silver medalist Sandra Chebet defend her title in 19:35.1 beating Celphine Chepteek Chepsol to second in 19:46.6.

Chepsol beat Chebet at the 2015 world youth championships in Cali in 3000m.

The duo battled Uhuru Gardens in front until the remaining 2km when Chebet outwitted Chepsol for a sprint finish.

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