Olympic silver medallist Obiri wins KDF cross country

Olympic silver medallist Obiri wins KDF cross country

Olympic silver medallist Obiri wins KDF cross country

Olympic 5000m silver medallist Hellen Obiri and men’s defending champion Emmanuel Kipsang emerged the winners of the Kenya Defence Forces Cross Country held on Friday in Thika.

Obiri who is fresh after securing victory at the Compaccio Cross Country where she beat Olympic 1500m winner Faith Kipyegon to second was fighting for the title against Olympic marathon champion Jemimah Sumgong, last year’s winner  Sheilah Chepkurui and Joslyne Jepkosgei.

However Obiri was skilful surging forward calling the shots for the better part of the race.

At the last lap, her competitors were breathing far behind as Obiri who got a silver medal at the Rio Olympics cut the tape in  32:49.08.

Jemimah who won Kenya the first ever women’s  Olympic marathon gold finished second in 33:16.09 and Joslyne Jepkosgei came third in 33:29.08.

Chepkurui  who won last year clocked 33:48.01  to finish fourth while world 10,000m silver medallist Gladys Cherono (34:02.08) , Pauline Chemining (34:13.07), Judy Jemutai (34:40.04) Doris Chamgeywa (34:45.00), Sela Jepleting (34:46.01) and Veronica Nyaruai closed the top ten.

In the men’s category, defending champion Kipsang fought hard to win the title.

He timed 29:19.9 to snatch the victory from Franklin Keitany who clocked 29:20.0 in second and Hillary Kering settled third in 29:47.4 .

The hotly contested race saw Kipsang outsprint his rivals on the course to win the race.

Reuben Limaa  settled fourth in 29:49.1 defeating Mark Kosgey (29:50.8), Kimutai Kiplimo (29:56.5), John Elimlim (30.00.9), Geoffrey Kipkorir (30:04.4), Peter Ndegwa (30:07.5) and Alfred Kimani (30:08.8)  closed the top ten finishers.

KDF was using the event to select its team for the national cross country championships when Kenya will select a  team to the IAAF World Cross Country in Kampala.

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