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Cherop braves chilly weather to win in Sotik

Miriam Cherop braced a chilly weather and a muddy course to beat her opponents and win the 6km Junior Women race during Athletic Kenya organised Cross-Country series staged in Sotik town, Bomet County on Saturday.

The 2016 Africa Cross Country junior champion-Cherop who also won the race in Ndalat early this year crossed the finish line at 18:18:97. She was followed closely by Edinah Jebitok who clocked 18:34:95 with Deborah Chemutai clocking 18:45:42 to come third.

The hotly contested race attracted more than 70 athletes during the meet staged at Cereals grounds in Sotik Town. Edwin Langat won 8km Junior men’s race after clocking 22:04:19 in the race which attracted more than 200 athletes. Leonard Byegon came second after crossing the finish line at 22:17:26 while Dominic Langat closed the podium at position three with a time of 32:27:50.

The 10km Senior Women was won by Ivyne Chepkemoi who clocked 31:58:47. Chepkemoi was followed by her training mate at Sigowet Athletics Club Caroline Chepkemoi who clocked 32:12:14 while Emily Chebet from Londiani Athletics camp took the third position with a time of 32:32:49.

The 10km senior men’s race was won by Emanuel Bett from Kenya Police with a time of 28:04:04. Bett was followed closely by Geoffrey Koech from Bomet County with a time of 28:09:30.

Dominic Kiptarus from Kirenget Athletics Club took the third position after clocking 28:12:66. The event was graced by Bomet deputy governor Hillary Barchok, Trade and Tourism CEC Bernard Ng’eno and Athletics Kenya South Rift branch Chairman John Wachira. The theme of the Cross-Country meet was “Say No to Doping “a move which saw speakers challenging athletes to shun doping.

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