Emmanuel Masinde @peoplesport11
Last year’s Lisbon Half marathon champion Beatrice Mutai turns her focus to Africa Cross Country in Championship in Algiers, Algeria after winning the fifth Athletic Kenya (AK) Cross Country series in Kapsokwony, Bungoma County over the weekend.
The road running specialist Mutai expects to feature in this year Africa Cross country she cut the tape in 35.15.16, hoping to get a spot in the Kenya team heading to Africa Cross Country in Algeria during the national trials.
“I see a lot of improvement today, though I had not trained for the race My target is to make Team Kenya to Africa Cross country,” said Mutai Africa Senior Cross Country bronze medallist.
Mutai continued to say that her aim is to represent Kenya again in Africa cross unlike last year in Cameroon she got a bronze medal, this time round she is targeting a gold medal.
“I am optimistic of getting a gold this year in Algeria if I get a chance in the team, am going to work hard in my training to be able to secure a spot in team Kenya when national trial comes,” said Mutai older sister to World 1,500m champion Faith Kipyegon.
With a tight race, Mutai beat Olympic champion and world record holder in 3,000m Ruth Jebet who runs for Bahrain came second timing 35.21.24 while University of Eldoret cross country winner Eva Cherono, also is eyeing for a spot in the Kenya for Africa championships clocking 35.31.64 to close the top three.
John Koech who also runs for Bahrain was sixth position won the senior men 10km cutting the tape in 30.33.70, while Philip Kipyego was second after clocking 30.39.41 followed by Emmanuel Ruto in third position timing at 30.56.25 to close the podium.
In 6km junior women Beatrice Chebet was the winner after clocking 20.45.2, Mercy Chepkorir finished second in the race timing 21.06.6 followed by world under -18 silver youth champion Lydia Jeruto in third position clocking 21.16.4 to close the top three.