Africa Cross Country champion Alice Aprot on Saturday won the women’s 10,000m title in an Africa Championships record in Durban, South Africa.
Aprot, the African Games 10,000m champion, tore the red tartan track at Kings Park Stadium in 30 minutes and 26.95 seconds, orchestrating a Kenyan podium sweep with Jackline Chepng’eno and Joyline Jepkosgei going for silver and bronze in 31:27.73 and 31:28.28 respectively.
It was Kenya’s fourth victory at the championships that ends on Sunday after Sheila Chepkirui (10,000m), Boniface Mucheru (400m hurdles) and Matthew Sawe (high jump) won their respective events.
Kenya goes into the final day Sunday with 11 medals; four gold, four silver and three bronze medals.
Early Saturday, the 2010 Africa 400m hurdles bronze medallist Maureen Jelagat led Jane Chege in qualifying for the women’s 400m hurdles final.
National 800m champion Emily Cherotich and World Relay medley silver medallist Sylvia Chesebe also eased through to the women’s 800m final where face 2009 World 800m champion Caster Semenya.
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Jelagat timed 57.63 to win her heat while Chege finished third in 59.44 in her heat that was won by Wenda Nel from South Africa in 55.33.
Chesebe and Cherotich won their heats in 2:03.96 and 2:03.35 respectively with Semenya gliding through in 2:02.01.
National 1,500m champion Vincent Leting, Timothy Cheruiyot and Eric Kiptanui also performed well to storm the men’s 1,500m final. Cheruiyot won his semi-final in 3:44.44 where Kiptanui settled third in 3:44.58. Leting wound second in his semi-final in 3:47.80.
Other Kenyans Eunice Kadogo failed to qualify for women’s 200m final, finishing fourth in her semi-final in 24.04. Peter Mwai (21.18) and Gilbert Otieno (21.52) also fell off in the men’s 200m semi-finals after finishing fourth and seventh respectively.