Margaret Chelimo won her maiden 10,000m title at the ongoing National Police Service (NPS) track and field athletics championship as she cut the tape in 33:3.81 to dethrone Stacy Ndiwa.
The African 5,000m champion beat a strong field of more than 15 runners to the title as the world cross-country silver medallist, Ndiwa, cut the tape in 33:4.01 for second place while Edith Chelimo finished the race in 33:7.38 to complete the podium finishes.
“The race was good although this is a surprise. I did not expect to win with such strong opponents and this being my first 10,000m track race. My training gave me the confidence to try out this race on track and I am happy with the results,” said Margaret.
Although she will compete in 5,000m in the World Championship trials, she says she felt a 10,000 race will give her a better test.
“I was using the race to gauge my endurance ahead of the World Championships trials next month and that is why I kept shifting my speed mid laps. So far my training is working and I am happy. It feels great winning my first 10,000m race,” she added after the race.
The NPS is conducting its annual athletics event to select athletes who are set to take part in next month’s National Championships that will double up as the World Athletics Championships trials.
Meanwhile, James Kibet headlines a list of 15 runners in men’s 5,000m finals after running a time13:56.68. He will face stiff competition from Silas Kiptoo who qualified for the finals in a time of 13:57.31 to rank second on the list. Others set to light up the 5,000m finals are Hillary Maiyo, Ernest Kimutai and Timothy Kibii.
Meanwhile, Gilbert Kwemoi posted the best qualifying time for the men’s 1,500m finals winning his heat in 3:45.51. Nickson Chepseba cut the tape in 3:45.98 to book a place in the 1,500m finals as the second best.