Emmanuel Masinde @peoplesport11
Former world cross country queen Agnes Tirop Jebet and Lagos City Marathon winner Abraham Kiptum ruled the third edition of Emoo FM Ziwa Farmers Marathon 10km run in Ziwa, Uasin Gishu County over the weekend.
Jebet who seemed struggling in the 2km battled out with Prague marathon champion Valary Aiyabei and evergreen world youth 2,000m steeplechase silver medallist Sandrafelis Chebet could not with stand the pressure but dropped from the leading group in the women’s category. Jebet timed 31:06.2 beating 2016 Valencia marathon winner Aiyabei to second in 31:07.1 and Chebet settled third in 31:18.2.
Former youth Commonwealth Games champion Stacy Ndiwa clocked (31:27.4) and world steeplechase record holder Ruth Jebet of Bahrain finished fifth in 32:01.4. Kiptum, from Nandi County timeded 27:44.0 while Prague 10km winner Bernard Kimeli placed second in 27:46.0 as Josphat Kipchirchir sealed the podium in 27:48.0.
Kiptum was not sure he will win the race because he had not done some formal training for the race. “I had not prepared for the race, I just came today to try my luck but here I am, glad I have won, I hope I will feature in next year’s Africa Cross-country championships in Algeria,” said Kiptum who was third in this year’s Amsterdam Marathon won by Lawrence Cherono.
Josphat Bett and Alfred Barkach registered 27:51.0 and 28:03.0 respectively to close the top five finishers. The race was so competitive that brought together upcoming and elite athletes, the race started at Kabenes in the outskirts of Eldoret town with the men’s 10km battling along the Eldoret-Ziwa road.
Meanwhile reigning Africa junior cross country silver medallist Gloria Kite and Berlin 10km champion Mathew Kimeli emerged winners of fourth leg of Athletics Kenya (AK) Cross country championships in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County. As she prepares for next year’s Commonwealth Games, Kite cut the tape in 33:11.1 as her compatriot Chebet Ng’etich, came in second in 33:19.6.
“The race was not that competitive and I would like to feature in next year’s Africa cross country championships in Algeria,” said Kite Africa junior 1,500m silver medallist. It was disappointing for former world youth 2,000m silver medallist Nora Jeruto who came in third in 34:06.7 as Ivyn Chepkemoi came in fourth 34:17.8 and Gladys Yator (34:26.6) completed the top five finishers.
In the men’s senior race, it was a hard nut to crack for Mathew Kimeli who targets next year Commonwealth games 10,000m to win in 28:57.2 as he faced upstart Eric Kimutai (29:07.1) and Daniel Kipchumba (29:10.1). Kiplimo Cheboi (29:12.6) and Godfrey Kimutai came fifth clocking 29:18.7.
In 8km junior men, Rhonex Kipruto won the race in 22:41.6 followed by Michael Kibet (22:53.8) and Edwin Kiplang’at competed the podium timing 23:02.0.
Mary Chepkorir was the winner in 6km junior women race. Running on home ground, Chepkorir timed 19:55.6 followed by Josephine Chelang’at (20:05.7) and Visa Chepkirui (20:14.4). Emoo FM is part of the Mediamax Network Limited stable and sponsored the event to the tune of Sh12m.