Kenyans win gold at World Cross Country Championships in China

0 28

Competitors run near flowers during the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championship in GuiyangKenya strode to gold in both the men’s and women’s races at the World Cross Country Championships in China on Saturday with 19-year-old Agnes Tirop and Geoffrey Kipsang taking their first titles.

Tirop produced an impressive start-to-finish victory over the 8,010m course in Guiyang in a time of 26 minutes and one second, leaving behind Ethiopian Senbere Teferi in the final 200 after a head-to-head battle between the 19-year-olds.

- Advertisement -

Her five-second victory on an old horse-racing track in southern China against an impressive field, that included twice world cross champion Emily Chebet, provided the 300th medal in the discipline for the East African country.

“I am very happy to have won Kenya’s 300th medal,” Tirop told organisers, the IAAF.

“I was trying to push the pace from the start. I had no fear, I was just trying to run my own race.

“The Ethiopian tried to overtake me and tried to push me to get away, but I was strong and managed to hold on.”

Kipsang, a half-marathon specialist, also had a duel in the men’s race as he overcame compatriot Bedan Muchiri to win in a time of 34:52, eight seconds ahead of his rival.

There were some cheers for Ethiopia, though, as they took gold in both the junior races, with Yasin Haji winning the men’s race after a blistering sprint finish ahead of Kenyan duo Geoffrey Korir and Alfred Ngeno.

Letesenbet Gidey led the Ethiopians to a sweep of the medals in the junior women’s race, her first international event outside of her homeland. – Reuters, March 28, 2015.

– themalaysianinsider.com

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More

google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2079790220574376", enable_page_level_ads: true });
%d bloggers like this: