Kenya has selected the team to carry the flag of the nation in the World Cross Country Championships in Uganda on 26th March 2017.
The activity took place at Uhuru gardens on Saturday 18th 2017 in the National Cross Country championships where LOTTO betting firm sponsord the event with Ksh.12,000,000.
Leonard Barsoton crossed the finish line to win the Kenya National Cross Country Championship senior men’s race.The 2013 World Cross Country silver medalist out shined the defending World Cross Country champion Geofrey Kamworor and Silver medalist Bedan Korir to win the 2017 National race.
Barsoton,representing Kenya Police cut the tape in 28:56.3 ahead of Karoki with 29:02.3 while World Champion Kamworor finished third in 29:03.4.Barsoton leads the other 5 athletes in making it to World Cross Country championships in Uganda in men’s 10km category.
“The two have beaten me thrice before coming to this race but I vowed to beat them this time round.It was a tough race but am glad i won as the competitors were worthy competing with,”he told Ghetto Radio.
The athlete has been training in Japan for the last 5 years and hopes to represent the country well in Uganda come March.The race was tough from the beginning and the favorites emerged on the 6km mark as men separated themselves from boys.The top 3 pulled i to the end as listed.
Irene Cheptai emerged victorious in the women’s 10km race after crossing the tape in 31:47.5 ahead of African champion Alice Aprot who came fourth.The reigning World Champion Agnes Tirop finished fifth and Olympic 1500m champion Faith Chepng’etich finished third.Lilian Kasait finished second with 31::51:9 time.
“ I used a lot of energy in the fourth round thinking it was the last lap and that costed me.I thought it was 8km but in reality it was 10km.All the same am glad i won the race,”she explained. Cheptai also appreciated the weather for being favorable.
This year’s World Cross Country Championship will see the mixed four by two kilometer relay introduced for the first time in the championships history.Six athletes from each category will represent the nation in the World Cross Country championships in Uganda next month.
The team selected for the World championships is as follows:
Senior men: Leonard Barsoton, Bedan Karoki, Geoffrey Kamworor, Vincent Rono, Leonard Patrick Komon, and Leonard Lagat
Senior women: Irene Cheptai, Lilian Kasait, Faith Chepng’etich, Alice Aprot, Agnes Tirop and Hyvin Kiyeng
Junior men: Richard Kimunyan, Meshak Kyuguti, Wesley Ladema, Edwin Kiplagat, Amos Kirui and Ronald Kirui
Junior women: Sandrafelis Chebet, Celliphine Chepteek, Sheila Chelangat, Emmaculate Chepkirui, Joyline Cherotich and Esther Muthoni