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Kosgei cruises in San Silvestre Vallecana

Tuesday January 1 2019

From left: Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia, Kenyans Brigid Kosgei and Hellen Obiri pose for photos after the  San Silvestre Vallecana 10km road race in Madrid, Spain on December 31, 2018. Kosgei won the race in 29:54. PHOTO | IAAF |

From left: Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia, Kenyans Brigid Kosgei and Hellen Obiri pose for photos after the San Silvestre Vallecana 10km road race in Madrid, Spain on December 31, 2018. Kosgei won the race in 29:54. PHOTO | IAAF |  

BERNARD ROTICH
By BERNARD ROTICH
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As the world ushered in the new year, Chicago Marathon champion Brigid Kosgei cruised to victory at the San Silvestre Vallecana 10km road race in Madrid, Spain on Monday.

Kosgei, who clocked 29:54, managed to beat a competitive field which included her compatriot Hellen Obiri, who was second (29:59), while multiple World and Olympic gold medallist Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia managed sealed the podium places in 30:40.

Kosgei, who had a good season winning various local races, is using the road races as part of her build-up for a major marathon this year.

"It was a tough race for me because the athletes we were competing with are very good in track but I'm happy I was able to cross the line first. I'm preparing for a major marathon and this is part of training for me," said the Kapsait-based athlete.

On her part, Obiri said she was happy to clock a personal best on her debut in the race.

"The race was good and I'm happy with the results because it's my first time to run in 10km. It was tough but I managed to come in second which is a good sign of things to come this season," said the 5,000m Commonwealth Games champion.

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Obiri also said that she is preparing for the National Cross Country trials set for next month in Eldoret as she seeks to be in the team that will be heading to World Cross Country Championships to be held in Aarhus, Denmark in March.

Obiri won silver medal in 5,000m during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

She is also the 2012 World Indoor champion in 3,000m and silver medallist in the same event in 2014.

In the men’s category, World Cross Country junior champion Jacob Kiplimo from Uganda won the race in 26:41 ahead of Ethiopia’s Abadi Hadis, who clocked 26:54, while Uganda’s Mande Bushendich sealed the podium in 27:24.

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