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Tirop, Kipruto win Wareng Cross Country

Sunday November 25 2018

Agnes Tirop raises her hands in victory during the Tuskys Wareng Cross Country 10km senior women’s’ race in Eldoret town, Uasin Gishu County on November 25, 2018. Agnes won a vehicle clocking 33:14:5, Norah Jeruto came second timed at 33:34:8 while Sandra Chebet finished third clocking 33:37:4. JARED NYATAYA (Eldoret).

Agnes Tirop crosses the finishing line to win the Tuskys Wareng Cross Country 10km senior women’s race in Eldoret on November 25, 2018. Agnes clocked 33:14:5, Norah Jeruto came second in 33:34:8 while Sandra Chebet finished third in 33:37:4. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

By BERNARD ROTICH
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World 10,000m bronze medallist Agnes Tirop and World 10,000m Under-20 champion Rhonex Kipruto won the women's and men's 10km senior races in the 14th edition of Tuskys Wareng Cross Country in Eldoret on Sunday.

The athletes were awarded brand new Mazda Demio cars.

In the women category, Tirop ran a tactical race behind the leading pack before increasing her speed to win the race in 33:10:5 ahead of Norah Jeruto who clocked 33:34:8 while Sandrafelis Chebet sealed the podium in 33:37:4.

Tirop, who trains in Iten, said she was happy to have won a vehicle; a unique reward for winning a race.

"I'm happy I won the race which was competitive. I had done good preparations since I knew it was going to be tough," said Tirop.

"I'm very proud of my performance because I received a vehicle after winning. This is something that has never happened to me in all the races I have participated in the world," she added.

Agnes Tirop poses with her brand new Mazda Demio after winning the Tuskys Wareng Cross Country 10km senior women’s race in Eldoret on November 25, 2018. Agnes clocked 33:14:5, Norah Jeruto came second in 33:34:8 while Sandra Chebet finished third in 33:37:4. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Agnes Tirop poses with her brand new Mazda Demio after winning the Tuskys Wareng Cross Country 10km senior women’s race in Eldoret on November 25, 2018. Agnes clocked 33:14:5, Norah Jeruto came second in 33:34:8 while Sandra Chebet finished third in 33:37:4. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Tirop is also looking forward to being selected in the Kenyan team for the World Cross Country Championships next year.

"Every athlete wants to be in the Kenyan team for the World Cross Country Championships. I want to prepare well so that I can win gold."

In the men’s category, Kipruto proved too good for the rich field when he crossed the line in 29:38:1 ahead of Davies Kimeli who clocked 29:55.9 while Shadrack Kimutai finished third in 30:07:3.

Rhonex Kipruto crosses the finishing line to win the Tuskys Wareng Cross Country 10km senior men’s race in Eldoret on November 25, 2018. Rhonex clocked 29:38:1, Davis Kimeli came second in 29:55:9 while Shadrack Kimutai finished third in 30:07:3. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA |

Rhonex Kipruto crosses the finishing line to win the Tuskys Wareng Cross Country 10km senior men’s race in Eldoret on November 25, 2018. Rhonex clocked 29:38:1, Davis Kimeli came second in 29:55:9 while Shadrack Kimutai finished third in 30:07:3. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA |NATION MEDIA GROUP

"I recently started my training and I'm happy my body is responding well. I had prepared well for the race because I knew it was going to be competitive," said Kipruto who is also eyeing a place in Team Kenya for the World Cross Country Championships next year.

World 5,000m Under-20 champion Beatrice Chebet won the 6km junior race in 20:20:53 ahead of World 1,500m Under-18 bronze medallist Edina Jebitok who clocked 20:38:23 while Emmaculate Jepkurui was third in 20:39:91.

"I'm looking forward to a good season, I will be focusing on the World Cross Country Championships trials in February where I want to win gold in the junior category," said the Londiani-based athlete.

In the men’s 8km junior category, Michael Kibet emerged the winner in 23:51:1 ahead of Bravin Kosgei who clocked 24:01:2 while Charles Kakuri came third in 24:03:4.

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