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Salute to Kwamworor as he wins National Cross County title

Racing under the scorching sun, Kamworor, representing the Natinal Police Service, won the senior men’s 10km in 28:3.09 to beat Alfred Barkach who came second in a time of 28:42.03 while Macharia Ndirangu settles for third place after clocking 28:49.00. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 10 – Unstoppable Geoffrey Kamworor once again proved that he is the king of cross country after the two-time world champion stormed to victory at the Athletics Kenya National Cross Country Championships held at Nairobi’s Uhuru Gardens on Saturday.

Racing under the scorching sun, Kamworor, representing the Natinal Police Service, won the senior men’s 10km in 28:3.09 to beat Alfred Barkach who came second in a time of 28:42.03 while Macharia Ndirangu settlead for third after clocking 28:49.00.

All the top six finishers in each category booked a slot to the Africa Cross County Championships where they will represent Kenya who will be seeking to defend the overall title when the continental showpiece will be held March 17 in Algeria.

Geoffrey Kamworor celebrating on his way to victory at National Cross Country Championships. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA

However, Kamworor will not represent the county at the Africa Cross since he has opted out to defend the World Half Marathon title. He will be going for a record back-to-back third World Half Marathon title.

-Stacy Ndiwa wins women’s race-

In the corresponding senior women’s race, Stacy Ndiwa made a strong return from a two-year break to win her maiden senior women’s 10km race.

Ndiwa, who made a comeback from a maternity break to win her second National Police Service Cross Country Championships three weeks ago, had to dig deep to win in 32:15.6.

Stacy Ndiwa leads Sandra Chebet, Perin Nengampi, Margaret Chelimo and Ruth Jepngetich in 10km senior women. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA

She beat Sandrafelis Chebet who came second in 32:17.01 while Celphine Chepsol, representing Prisons came third in 32:24.03.

Africa champion, experienced Alice Aprot found a tough outing after fading to 8th position, clocking 33:08.02.

In the juniors, World Under-18 bronze medallist in the 3000m Stanley Waithaka won the men’s 8km race in 22:09.02 ahead of second placed Ronex Kipruto who timed 22:30.03 while Nicholas Kipkorir was third in 22:38.05.

The junior women’s 6km saw Mirrian Cherop romp to victory in 19:03.07 ahead of Roselida Jepketer who was second in 19:05.09 while Beatrice Chebet completed the podium after returning 19:12.09.

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Team Kenya for Africa Cross

Senior Men 10km

  1. Alfred Barkach (Central Rift)
  2. Macharia Ndirangu (Central)
  3. Emmanuel Bor (Central Rift)
  4. John Chepkwony (KDF)
  5. Joseph Bett (Police)
  6. Julius Kogo (Central Rift)
  7. Senior Women 10km
  1. Stacy Ndiwa (Police)
  2. Sandra Chebet (South Rift)
  3. Celphine Chepsol (Prisons)
  4. Margaret Chelimo (Police)
  5. Perin Nenkampi (KDF)
  6. Rosemary Njeri (Nairobi)

Junior Men 8km

  1. Stanley Waithaka (Central)
  2. Ronex Kipruto (Central Rift)
  3. Nicholas Kipkorir (Central Rift)
  4. Peter Lagat (western)
  5. Edward Zakayo (North Rift)
  6. Edwin Kiplagat Bett (South Rift)

Junior Women 6km

  1. Miriam Cherop (South Rift)
  2. Roselida Jepketer (Central Rift)
  3. Beatrice Chebet (South Rift)
  4. Agnes Jebet (Central Rift)
  5. Helen Ekalale (Central)
  6. Edna Jebitok (South Rift)

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