Chebet stuns Ndiwa to win 10,000m race at Kasarani - Daily Nation

Chebet stuns Ndiwa to win 10,000m race at Kasarani

Saturday February 17 2018

Sandra Chebet (right) crosses the finish line to win the women's 10,000m ahead of Stacy Ndiwa during the Commonwealth Games trials on February 17, 2018 at Moi International sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |

Sandra Chebet (right) crosses the finish line to win the women's 10,000m ahead of Stacy Ndiwa during the Commonwealth Games trials on February 17, 2018 at Moi International sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

By AYUMBA AYODI
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The 2015 World Youth 2000m steeplechase silver medallist Sandra Chebet won the women's 10,000m race on Saturday at Kasarani to qualify for Gold Coast Commonwealth Games due April 4-15 in Australia.

Chebet clocked 32 minutes and 41.2 seconds to triumph and exact sweet revenge on Stacy Ndiwa, who beat her at the National Cross Country Championships at Uhuru Gardens the previous Saturday.

Sandra Chebet leads the park in the women's 10,000m race during the Commonwealth Games trials at Kasarani on February 17, 2018. Chebet won the race. PHOTO | AYUMBA AYODI |

Sandra Chebet leads the park in the women's 10,000m race during the Commonwealth Games trials at Kasarani on February 17, 2018. Chebet won the race. PHOTO | AYUMBA AYODI |NATION MEDIA GROUP

It was a thriller as Chebet got in front at the bell but Ndiwa caught up with her with 300m to go.

However, Chebet gave her all at the 200m mark, holding on to win.

Ndiwa came in second in 32:41.6 as Beatrice Mutai wound third in 32:44.7.

African Games and Africa 10,000m champion Alice Aprot withdrew with 13 laps to go with a congested chest owing to a cold.

WILD CARD FOR APROT?

It's now left to be known whether Aprot will get wild card after Athletics Kenya said it would use a 1-2-3 criteria.

"I am so glad to represent Kenya for the first time in track as a senior," said Chebet, who finished second during the National Cross Country Championships last weekend to make it to the team for the Africa Cross Country Championships due March 17 in Chief, Algeria.

"I have been battling a serious cold since last Saturday," said Aprot, who hopes to get a wild card to the Commonwealth Games.

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