Sunday, March 24, 2013

Kenya Extend Reign at Word Cross Country

Emily Chebet makes to the finish at World Cross Country in Poland
Kenya maintained its spectacular performance at the 40th edition of the World Cross Country championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland bagging 5 individual gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medal on Sunday.

Junior Women
Teenager Faith Kipyegon defended her junior title beating compatriot Agnes Chebet Tirop to become the only third woman in the history of the race to successfully defend her title.
Third place went to Ruti Aga of Ethiopia who cut off Caroline Chepkoech Kipkirui from a possible Kenyan clean sweep.

Junior Men

Ethiopia's Hagos Gebrhiwet managed to fend off Kenya's competition and crossed the finish line ahead of Kenya’s Leonard Barsoton who took home silver. 

Senior Men

In the 12km Senior Men race, Kenya's Japhepth Kipyegon Korir, 19, took control of the race up-to the finish. Second and third place went to Imana Merga of Ethiopia and Eritrea's Teklemariam Medhin respectively.

Senior Women

Former champion Emily Chebet beat Hiwot Ayalew of Ethiopia to bag gold in style.

Ethiopia took the team standings with 38 points ahead of the USA at 52 and Kenya back in third with 54 points. This is the first time since 1984 for Kenya to finish out of the top 2 position. 

Below are select results

1. Japhet Kipyegon Korir (Kenya) 32:45
2. Imane Merga (Ethiopia) 32:51
3. Teklemariam Medhin (Eritrea) 32:54
4. Moses Ndiema Kipsiro (Uganda) 33:08
5. Timothy Toroitich (Uganda) 33:09 

1. Emily Chebet (Kenya) 24:24
2. Hiwot Ayalew (Ethiopia) 24:27
3. Beleynesh Oljira (Ethiopia) 24:33
4. Shitaye Eshete (Bahrain) 24:34
5. Margaret Wangari Muriuki (Kenya) 24:39

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