Cherono targets Africa X-country, Commonwealth after Eldoret win

Emmanuel Masinde @baromeo

Former Africa Youth 1,500m silver medallist Eva Cherono is now targeting a place in Team Kenya to both the Africa Cross-Country Championships and Commonwealth Games next year after winning the University of Eldoret Cross-Country at the weekend.

The 21-year-old won the senior women’s 8km race in a time of 25.54.6 during the 27th edition of the event held at the university’s grounds and now expects to feature in next year’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia in April, having also placed second in the Ndalat Gaa cross country two weeks ago.

“I have seen a lot of improvement in me today and my target is to make it into the team for the Africa Cross Country in Algiers, Algeria next year  and above all, the Commonwealth Games in Australia next April,” said Cherono.

In what was a tight race, Cherono beat Daisy Kimeli to second position (26.06.4) with Kenyan-born Turkish Yasemin Can clocking 26.28.8 to close the top three.

Meanwhile, Nicholas Kimeli continued with his good performance by claiming the men’s senior 10km race adding onto the Ndalat cross-country he won recently with Noah Kipkemboi and Alfred Barkach in second and third respectively.

Just like Cherono, 19-year-old  Kimeli also habours ambitions of featuring in next year’s major events.

“I want to get a slot in the Africa Cross country and Commonwealth Games and win a gold,” said Kimeli, who has dominated local cross country races recently.

Kimeli cut the tape in 28.46.8 with Kipkemboi, who won the Chemususu cross country title finishing second in 28.47.8 while Barkach clocked 28.57.1 for third position.

Upcoming athlete Dorcas Chepchirchir won the 6km junior women’s race while reigning Africa Junior cross country champion Rhonex Kipruto claimed the 8km junior men’s event.

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