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SUNDAY NATION January 26, 2014 Sport 47 Dominant Mutero tops Nyandarua Cross country BY DAVID MACHARIA @DavidMacharia firstname.lastname@example.org Paul Mutero led from gun to tape to win the senior men’s 12km race at the Nyandarua County Cross-country Championships held at Nyandarua Institute yesterday. The Japan-based Mutero, who DAVID MACHARIAH | NATION Paul Mutero (right) and John Kimondo compete in yesterday’s Nyandarua County cross-country championships. as a member of Kenya’s junior team to the 2007 World Cross country championship in Mombasa, was however made to fight tooth and nail to beat another World Cross-country Championship runner, John Kimondo. Mutero clocked 36min, 14secs to win the event held under high temperatures. Was in national team Kimondo, a member of the national team to the 2009 World Cross, was second in 36:19.0. Patrick Mathenge was third in 36:46, while John Elimlim was fourth in 36.52. The championship was used to select the Nyandarua County team ahead of the Central Region Championships set for Murang’a in a week’s time. Spectators were treated to a mouth-watering battle by the ATHLETICS | Runners give their all at a tough Uhuru Gardens course Cherotich, Musyoki win Kenya Prisons Cross country races Machakos runner defies heat to top men’s 12km as newcomer beats all in the senior women’s class BY AYUMBA AYODI @AyumbaAyodi email@example.com A fter playing second fiddle to seasoned athletes for eight years, Fredrick Musyoki (North Eastern) finally had his day in the sun, winning the senior men’s race at the Kenya Prisons Cross-country Championships at the Uhuru Gardens. There was also a new winner in women’s 8km race after Cynthia Cherotich (Prisons Staff Training College - PSTC) hit the front halfway into the race to win in 27min,12.3sec, ahead of Nancy Nzinza (27:26) and Grace Kimanzi (27:43.7). It was a great improvement for Cherotich, who finished third last year. Men’s race In the men’s race, 23-year-old Musyoki from Machakos, who is also the 2007 World Youth 1,500m gold medallist, made his intentions clear barely three kilometres into the race, as he swept the field and the hot conditions apart to triumph in 35 minutes and 55.6 seconds. Men’s defending champion Timothy Kiptoo stayed away while the heat proved too much for last year’s winner Eunice Mumbua who finished 13th in 28:35.4. Musyoki, fresh from clinching the KCB/AK Cross-country Series jackpot, has always finished among the top four in the category but has never won the race since making his cross-country debut in 2007. Defied hamstring injury Musyoki defied a hamstring in- jury that had that locked him out for months before gradually recovering on time to prevail in Embu and Kapsokwony to consolidate his lead in the KCB/AK Series. He also finished third in Nairobi and fifth in Eldoret. Yesterday, Musyoki, who finished second in last year’s event, beat the 2012 Africa Cross-country Championships senior men’s winner John Mwangangi (Prisons Headquarters - PHQ) to second place by more than 90 metres. Mwangangi clocked 36:09.0, followed by Frankline Ngelel from Rift Valley (36:16.7). Musyoki stayed behind London Olympics 5,000m bronze medallist Thomas Longosiwa (Nyanza) and Daniel Muinde (PHQ) after the first 2km lap. 23 Age of Fredrick Musyoki who won senior men’s race at yesterday’s Kenya Prisons Cross-country Championships The duo was later joined by a pack of eight athletes after the first 4km; Mwangangi, who is also the reigning World Half Marathon bronze medallist, the 2011 World 1,500m silver medallist Silas Kiplagat (Coast) and 2008 World Junior 3,000m steeplechase champion Jonathan Ndiku. Musyoki, who also finished fourth in 1,500m at the 2008 World Junior Championships, then opened a 10metre gap as the battle became a two-horse race between him and Mwangangi. Musyoki widened the gap to 60m with two laps to go before going for glory. Muinde fell to 7th, Longosiwa wound up 13th My hamstring injury which worsened l worried but I thank God I recovered be country season. It feels great to win he Fredrick Musyoki, men’s 12km winner ‘‘ while Kip gat finish 27th. “My h string inj which wo ened last got me wo but I th God I rec ered befo this ye cross co season. great to today,” sa oki who h sights on the nation country t later the title. “I have finished the top fi not won b a good bre feels gre targeting now at th and Africa Musyoki, fourth at last year out of T the Worl Champio by a hams Women’ ich who a Half Mar Half Mara eyeing the a place in Africa Cro onships. leading pack of six runners who kept exchanging lead in the first stages of junior men’s 8km race. But with two laps to go, John Maina, Simon Kuruthi and Peter Mwangi broke off before Mwangi made a decisive break to win the event in 24.03. Kiruthi and Maina followed in 24.05 and 24.11 respectively. In the junior women’s race, Pauline Eapan who came back from Japan recently set a fast pace in the first two kilometres, breaking off with a group of four runners. The move proved a miscalcu- lated step on Eapan’s part as her opponents reacted by overtaking her as Janet Komen pulled away to go for glory. Leading results at yesterday’s Nyandarua County Cross-country Championships: Junior women’s race: Janet Komen (20.57, 2) Joyce Muthoni (21.07), 3. Josephine Wanjiku (21.09), 4. Esther Waweru (21.36), 5. Pauline Eapan (21.41), 6. Margaret Murinju (22.19). Junior men: 1. Peter mwangi (24.03), 2. Simon Kiruthi (24.05), 3. Simon Maina (24.11), 4. John Kariuki (24.38), 5. Daniel Ngure (24.49), 6. David Mungai (24.59). Senior women’s race: 1. Tabitha Wanjira (28.50), 2. Ann Karindi (29.13), 3. Teresa Wangui (29.51), 4. Monica Wanjuhi (30.46). Senior men’s race: 1. Paul Mutero (36.14), 2.John Kimondo (36.19), 2. Patrick Mathenge (36.46), 3. John Elimlim (36.52), 4. Peter Njoroge (37.07), 5. Cornelius Kosgei (37.12). Kipruto beats strong field in Kakamega BY TITUS MAERO firstname.lastname@example.org Benson Kipruto clocked 32min,04.81secs to beat a strong field of 43 runners and win the 12km senior men’s race at the Kakamega County Cross-country Championship. Kipruto, a former student at Lu- gusi Secondary School, at one time opened a 30-metre gap between him and his closest opponent Wycliffe Agenge in the race held at Mukumu Boys Secondary School. Agenge, a third year Bachelor of Education (Arts) student at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology laboured to finish second in 33:11.79. In third place was Agenge’s college mate, 23-year-old David Lenges who braved the scorching sun to clock 33:18.26 in the championship that was attended by the Athletics Kenya Western Region chairman, Francis Afundi. 43 Athletes who competed in the Kakamega County Cross-country Championship yesterday The senior women’s 8km race was a closely-contested affair, with the contestants exchanging the lead. It was Brenda Kebeya, a former student at St Immaculate Secondary School, who broke off to win in 24:28.13. Kebeya’s closest challenger, Mar- gret Shikuku, a Form Four student at Namushiya Secondary, clocked 27:00.04 to finish third, with 17year-old student at Bushiangala Secondary, Celestine Busolo finishing third in 31:53.86. In junior men’s 8km race, Eric CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION Fredrick Musyoki on his way to winning senior men’s 12km race at the Kenya Prisons Cross-country Championships yesterday at Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi. Cynthia Cherotich won women’s race. Weloba successfully defended the title he won last year in Mumias when he upstaged his rivals to cut the tape in 20:20.08, relegating Dairus Munganya, to second in 20:28.98. Masinde Muliro University’s of Science and Technology student Shadrack Kiptoo’s attempts to catch up with the front runners went up in smoke as he crossed the finish line third in 20:39.68. The women’s 6km race was a neck-to-neck affair, with Grace Chiloli, Electing Shikokoti and Dorcas Wetaba exchanging the lead. It was Chiloli who shrugged off the stiff opposition to win in 19:55.48, followed by Shikokoti ( 20:17.44) and Wetaba (21:06.26).
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