Kwemoi, Muia book Gold Coast tickets as Tanui limps off

Saturday February 17 2018

Rodgers Kwemoi addresses the press after the men's 10,000m race during the Commonwealth Games trials on February 17, 2018 at Moi International sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | AYUMBA AYODI |

Rodgers Kwemoi addresses the press after the men's 10,000m race during the Commonwealth Games trials on February 17, 2018 at Moi International sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | AYUMBA AYODI |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

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World Junior 10,000m champion Rogers Kwemoi has the onus of leading Kenya' s assault in 10,000m race at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games due April 4-15 in Australia.

Kwemoi injected pace in the last lap to win the 25-lap race unchallenged in 28 minutes and 46.5 seconds.

MUIA THROUGH

The reigning Commonwealth Games 3,000m steeplechase champion Jonathan Muia powered home in second place in 28:46.8 as Jonathan Bett settled third in 28:47.4 to all book their tickets to the "Club" Games.

Olympic 10,000m silver medallist Paul Tanui, who was the pre-race favourite, pulled out of the race with 15 laps to go with a tendon injury.

"I had planned to test the field in the first five laps. I felt strong over the laps and it feels great to graduate to senior rank in style," said Kwemoi, who has vowed to stop the Ugandans who have denied Kenya victory in the last three editions. "We have a strong team following this great show."