Two-time Berlin Marathon champion Florence Kiplagat and Rothman 10km Run record holder Isaac Korir outran a galaxy of stars to win senior women and men’s titles during the 8th edition of Wareng Tuskys Cross Country championships in Eldoret Sunday.
Kiplagat was in a class of her own, flooring over 300 runners including Dubai Marathon Champion Lucy Kabuu in the women’s category.
The Kiplagat-Kabuu contest thrilled fans who had gathered to witness the race. The two exchanged leads in the first two laps before Kiplagat broke away and held on to cut the tape in a time of 26.34.5.
Hellah Kiprop finished second in 26.38.9 while Lucy Kabuu was third in 26.47.2.
The 26-year-old Kiplagat who has vast experience in cross country said the strong winds were a major challenge for her.
“But his victory is encouraging to me because it means I will end the season with form,” Kiplagat said.
In the 12 km senior men’s race, Korir produced a stunning performance as he powered away from a forest of experienced legs to claim top honours.
Korir cut the tape in 25.50.6 ahead of Cleophas Ng’etich who timed 36.02.2 while Clement Kemboi was third in 36.16.3.
In the 8km junior men, Franklin Nge’lel won in 23.42.6 ahead of Dominic Chemut (23.55.3) and Peter Limo (23.57.6). World Cross country runner Moses Mukono was eighth.
Linah Cheruto (20.32.9), Gloria Kite (20.43.0) and Ruth Jebet (20.52.9) took the first three places in the junior women 6km race.
Selected Results: 12km men: 1. Isaac Korir (35.50.6), 2. Cleophas Ng’etich (36.02.2), 3. Clement Kemboi (36.16.3), 4. Richard Ndegwa (36.18.8), 5. James Murithi (36.21.6), 6. Cyprian Kotut (36.23.7). 8km senior women: 1. Florence Kiplagat (26.34.5), 2. Hellah Kiprop (26.38.9), 3. Lucy Kabuu (26.47.2), 4. Mercy Kibarus (27.05.9), 5. Sally Kipyego (27.08.1), 6. Irene Chelagat (27.14.9).
8km junior men: 1. Frankline Ng’elel (23.42.6), 2. Dominic Chemut (23.55.3), 3. Peter Limo (23.57.6), 4. Abraham Kapses (24.01.1), 5. Kennedy Kipyego (24.02.0), 6. Elvis Cheboi (24.02.8). 6km women: 1. Linah Cheruto (20.32.9), 2. Gloria Kite (20.43.0), 3. Ruth Jebet (20.52.9), 4. Margaret Chelimo (21.05.4), 5. Sharon Ngetich (21.15.9), 6. Vivian Jepkemei (21.16.2).