KENYA 2013 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TRIALS – PROVISIONAL STARTLIST

10 000m MEN

Lane Bib Name
1 148 Bedan Karoki
2 149 Vincent Chepkok
3 150 Paul Tanui
4 151 Emmanuel Bett
5 152 Leonard Barsoton
6 153 Jeremiah Karemi
7 154 Patrick Mutunga
8 155 Geoffrey Mutai
9 156 John Mwangangi
10 157 Kenneth Kipkemoi
11 158 Leonard Komon
12 159 Wilson Kiprop
13 161 Mike Kigen
14 162 Geoffrey Kirui
16 164 Mark Kiptoo
17 165 Jacob Cheshari
18 166 Lewis Mosoti
27 167 Emmanuel Kiprono
19 168 Edward Waweru
20 169 Samuel Chelanga
21 170 John Thuo
23 172 Martin Mathathi
24 173 Josphat Bett
25 174 Alex Korio
27 175 Emmanuel Kipsang
28 176 Josphat Menjo
29 177 William Malel

10 000m WOMEN

Lane Bib Name
1 136 Linet Masai
2 137 Betsy Saina
3 138 Esther Chemtai
4 139 Doricah Obare
5 140 Carolyne Cheptanui
6 141 Isabella Ochichi
7 142 Emilly Chebet
8 143 Florence Kiplagat
10 145 Sally Kaptich
11 146 Caroline Nyakagwa
12 147 Gladys Cherono

5000M MEN

Lane Bib Name
1 178 Isaiah Koech
2 179 John Kipkoech
3 180 Edwin Soi
4 181 Thomas Longosiwa
5 183 Augustine Choge
9 189 Leonard Korir
13 190 Vincent Chepkok
10 191 Samuel Chelanga
11 192 Patrick Mutunga
12 193 Charles Ndirangu
13 194 Peter Njoroge
14 195 Douglas Kipserem
15   Clement Langat

5000m WOMEN

Lane Bib Name
1 082 Viola Kibiwot
2 083 Margaret Muriuki
3 084 Mercy Cherono
4 085 Agnes Jebet
5 086 Irene Cheptai
6 087 Sylvia Kibet
7 088 Janet Kisa
8 091 Magdalene Masai
9 093 Beatrice Mutai
10 094 Jackline Chepngeno
11 096 Mary Wacera
12 097 Aliphine Tuliamuk
13 098 Grace Kimanzi

1500M MEN

Lane Bib Name
1 067 Asbel Kiprop
2 068 Bethwell Birgen
3 069 Collins Cheboi
4 071 Daniel K. Komen
5 072 Silas Kiplagat
6 073 James Magut
7 074 Nixon Chepseba
8 075 Hillary Ngetich
9 076 Abednego Chesebe
10 077 Vincent Letting
11 078 Vincent Kibet
12 079 Gideon Gathimba
13 080 Caleb Ndiku
14 081 Eliah Kiptoo

1500M WOMEN

Lane Bib Name
1 059 Faith Kipyegon
2 060 Hellen Obiri
3 061 Nancy Jebet
4 062 Mary Kuria
6 063 Sheila Chepngetich
7 064 Perin Nkampi
8 065 Beatrice Chepkoech
9 066 Tabitha Wambui

800M MEN

Lane Bib Name
1 048 Felix Kitur
2 049 Edwin Kiplagat
3 050 Anthony Chemut
5 052 Job Kinyor
6 053 Timothy Kitum
7 054 Ferguson Rotich
  056 Jeremia Mutai

800M WOMEN

Lane Bib Name
1 045 Sela Jepleting
3 042 Eunice Sum
4 040 Janeth Jepkosgei
5 041 Winny Chebet
6 043 Nelly Jepkosgei
7 044 Sylvia Chesebe
8 046 Cherono Koech
8 047 Lydia Wafula

3000M SC MEN

Lane Bib Name
1 017 Ezekiel Kemboi
2 018 Conseslus Kipruto
3 019 Paul K. Koech
4 020 Hillary Yego
5 021 Abel Mutai
6 022 Gilbert Kirui
7 023 Jairus Birech
8 024 Brimin Kipruto
9 025 Jonathan Ndiku
10 026 Bernard Nganga
11 027 Anthony Rotich
12 028 John Koech
13 029 Elijah Chelimo
14 030 Henry Lelei
15 031 Stanley Kebenei
17 033 Lawrence Kemboi
18 034 Edwin Kirwa

3000M SC WOMEN

Lane Bib Name
1 001 Lydia Chepkurui
2 002 Milcah Chemos 
3 003 Purity Kirui
4 004 Lydia Rotich
5 005 Fancy Cherotich
6 006 Ruth Bisibori Nyangau
7 007 Gladys Kipkemoi
8 008 Hyvin Kiyeng
9 009 Jane Murage
10 010 Agnes Chesang
11 011 Phanecia Chemion

RUNAFRICA PROJECT INTERVIEW: JEREMIAH MUTAI

RUNAFRICA PROJECT INTERVIEW WITH JEREMIAH MUTAI

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Jeremiah Mutai in 2009.

INFORMATIONS:
Last Name: MUTAI
First Name: Jeremiah 
Age: 21
Country: KENYA

HONOURS:

– 2009 Kenya Junior Champion over 400m hurdles
– 2009 World Youth Silver Medalist over 400m hurdles
– 2010 Kenya Junior 6th place over 800m
– 2010 Kenya Junior 2nd place over 400m hurdles 
– 2010 Kenya National 4th place over 400m hurdles
– 2010 World Junior Semi-Finalist over 400m hurldes
– 2011 Africa Junior 4th place over 400m
– 2011 Africa Junior 2nd place over 40mm hurdles
– 2012 Kenya National 6th place over 400m
– 2013 Kenya Police Champion over 800m
- World Junior Record Holder over 800m (1:41.73)

THE INTERVIEW:

1/ When and were were you born ? Where are you living (city) now ?

I was born in Kericho and now I live in Molo district, Kuresoi constituency. 

2/ How and when did you start running ?

I started runing in 2004 when was in standard 7. I started runing because of my friends. 

3/ Do you have brothers and sisters ? If yes are they running ? What are your parents doing ?

I have many brothers and two sisters, all of them are runners. My parents are farmers. 

5/ Where are you training ? Who are your training partners ? Who is your coach or manager ?

I train in Kapsabet. My trainig partners are 800m runners Eliud Rutto, Bernard Kipyegon & Denis Kipngeno, 1500m runner Wilson Moi and 400m specialist Robert Kiprugut. I have no coach and my manager is Ricky Simms (Pace Sports Management)

6/ What distance are you running ?
What are your Personnal Best ?

100m: 10.9
200m: 21.0
400m: 46.4
800m: 1:43.9
110m hurdles: 15.0
400m hurdles: 50.5

7/ When is your next race ?

Normally in Italy next month.

8) Why did you decide to focus on 800m this year ?

I decided because I was capable of running 400m hurdles and 400m flat at the same time, one event after the other. This year I though maybe I can combine both events and run two laps in a row to make 800 meters.

9/ Who was your favourite runner when you were a kid?

My neighbour David Chelule, 5th at Sydney Olympic Games and finalist at World Championship in Sevilla. He was a 12:57 5000m runner.

10/ What are your goals for the future ? 

Time, to run the fastest time ever.

11/ Can you tell us the best workout you have done until today?

1*1000m: 2’25 / 2*600m: 1’21, 1’22 / 3*300m: 35″, 36″, 37″

Recovery after 1000m was 10 minutes, then 2 minutes between the 600meters, then 5minutes recovery and 2 minutes between the 300m.

12/ Are you planning to do other distances than 800m this year?

I am concentrating in 800 meters only this year.

14/ What is the hardest part in running ?

The hardest part in running is to start and the finish. 

15/ If we invite you to a race in France would you like to come ?

If I get invitasion to France I will come.

RUNAFRICA PROJECT INTERVIEW: NIJEL AMOS

RUNAFRICA PROJECT INTERVIEW WITH NIJEL AMOS

Nijel Amos, 800m Olympic Silver Medallist, World Junior Record Holder.

Nijel Amos, 800m Olympic Silver Medallist, World Junior Record Holder.

INFORMATIONS:
Last Name: AMOS
First Name: Nijel
Age: 19
Country: BOTSWANA

HONOURS:

– 2010 Southern Africa Youth Champion over 1000m
– 2010 Southern Africa Youth runner-up over 3000m
– 2010 Africa Youth Games 3rd place over 1000m
– 2011 Africa Junior 3rd place over 800m
– 2011 World Youth 5th place over 800m
– 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games 3rd place over 800m
– 2012 World Junior Champion over 800m
– 2012 Olympic Games silver medallist over 800m

- World Junior Record Holder over 800m (1:41.73)

THE INTERVIEW:

1/ When and were were you born ? Where are you living (city) now ?

I was born in Marobela Village in the North Eastern part of Botswana on 15 march 1994.

2/ How and when did you start running ?

I started running as a joke in 2010, just doing it for fun.

3/ Do you have brothers and sisters ? If yes are they running ? What are your parents doing ?

Yes I’m the third born and have two sisters and a younger brother.

4/ Who is your coach ?

My former coach is M. Kerileng Mafefe but I am currently coached by former south african runner Jean Verster.

5/ Where are you training ? Who are your training partners ?

Now I’m training in Potchefstroom (South Africa). Training partners among others: Andre Olivier, Elroy Gelant, Jerry Motsau.

6/ What distances are your running ?
What are your Personnal Best for other distances than 800m ?

400m: time of 45.66
800m: time of 1:41.73

7/ When is your next race ?

Not sure but in June.

8/ How does it feel to win a medal at olympic games ? what about breaking the world junior record?

So good I was so happy that I have done history.

9/ Who was your favourite runner when you were a kid?

Wilson Kipketer.

10/ If you were not an athlete, what else would you be ?

A footballer.

11/ How many miles/kilometres are you doing each week (at what pace)?

80km & average 3:40 per/km

12/ Can you tell us the best workout you have done until today ?

Time Trial 300m in 33″ + 600m in 1’18

13/ Are you planning to do other distances than 800m in the future ? If yes what distances ?

Yes 400m

14/ What is the hardest part in running ?

Travelling alone in Europe (boredom and focus for long time), staying long without seeing your family as you will be training far from home.

15/ What was your strategy for the final at the Olympics ?

My motivation for the 800m final was that if I was among the top 8 it meant everything was possible: it was man to man.

16/ Lastly, you were supposed to run in Eugene Diamond League against David Rudisha and many other top guys ? What happen ?

I was out for about a month with a quads injury. I resumed training three weeks ago but I can’t race as I am not yet in good shape.

17/ If we invite you to a race in France would you like to come ?

Yes

DAEGU MARATHON 2013 RESULTS

DAEGU MARATHON 2013 RESULTS – 14/04/2013

Abraham Kiprotich winning Daegu marathon, April 14, 2013.

Abraham Kiprotich winning Daegu marathon, April 14, 2013.

MEN
1. Abraham KIPROTICH (FRA) 2:08:33
2. Boniface MBUVI (KEN) 2:09:43
3. Debebe TOLOSSA (ETH) 2:10:23
4. David KIYENG (KEN) 2:11:17
5. Benson BARUS (KEN) 2:11:53
6. Gilbert CHEPKWONY (KEN) 2:14:23

WOMEN
1. Margaret AKAI (KEN) 2:23:28
2. Mulu SEBOKA (ETH) 2:23:43
3. Agnes BARSOSIO (KEN) 2:24:03

JAPHET KORIR, 2013 WORLD XC CHAMPION

Japhet Korir 2013 World Cross Champion!!! Congratulations Japhet!

Japhet Korir during Kericho XC, January 12, 2013.

Japhet Korir (#1210) during Kericho XC, January 12, 2013.

1. Japhet KORIR (KEN) 32:45
2. Imane Merga (ETH) 32:51
3. Teklemariam MEDHIN (ERI) 32:54
4. Moses Ndiema Kipsiro (UGA) 33:08
5. Timothy TOROITICH (UGA) 33:09
6. Ben TRUE (USA) 33:11
7. Goitom KIFLE (ERI) 33:16
8. Collis BIRMINGHAM (AUS) 33:18
9. Feyisa LILESA (ETH) 33:22
10. Chris DERRICK (USA) 33:23

PROMISING TALENT: MOSES MUKONO

Moses MUKONO

Moses Mukuno (#222 in green) at the National Junior Cross Country Championship, Nairobi, February 16, 2013.

Moses Mukono (#222 in green) at the National Junior Cross Country Championship, Nairobi, February 16, 2013.

Informations :
Last Name : MUKONO, Letoyie
First Name : Moses
Age : 17
Country : KENYA

Personnal Best :
– 5000m : 13:42.75

Honours :
– 2012 World Junior Championship 8th Place over 5000m.
– 2012 Kenya Junior Championship 3rd Place over 5000m.
– 2013 Kenya Junior XC Championship 3rd Place.
– 2012 Kenya Junior XC Championship 7th Place.

Moses Mukuno during the Kericho Weekend XC, January 12, 2013.

Moses Mukono (Center) during the Kericho Weekend XC, January 12, 2013.

Runafrica Project Interview:

1/ When and were were you born ? Where are you living (city) now ?

I was born on November, 27 1995 in Masai land near Kilgoris town in a village called Masurara (Same home of 800m Olympic Champion David Rudisha).

2/ How and when did you start running ?

I Started running as normal competition in primary school. Then after joining high school in a school called Mutuengar in Angata Barkoi in Transmara from 2009 up to 2010 when I shifted to Saint Patrick’s High School in Iten where I joined Brother Colm’s camp.

3/ Do you have brothers and sisters ? If yes are they running ? What are your parents doing ?

Yes I have two older brother and two older sister. All of them are married and they dont run. I want to tell you that i am unique in our family, nobody expect me run in our home. Concerning my parents they do farming but i had only my mum with me.

4/ Who is your coach ?

My coach is Brother Colm.

5/ Where are you training ?

I train in Iten, just in school.

6/ Who are your training partners ?

I train with Augustine Choge, Isaac Songok, David Rudisha and another guy call Silas Too.

7/ What distances are your running ?
What are your Personnal Best ?

I run 5000m and I am hoping to run 3000m and 10 000m soon. My best time so far in 5000 is 13:42.75 at the Kenya Junior Championship at Nyayo Stadium last year where I qualified for world Junior Championship in Barcelona.

8/ What is your target for Poland ?

Haha… No I will answer this after the World Championship!

National Cross Country men’s team (from left) Leonard Barsoton, Japheth Korir, Conseslus Kipruto, Jonathan Ndiku, Moses Mukono and Geofrey Kirui train at Runyenjes, March 18, 2013.

National Cross Country men’s team (from left) Leonard Barsoton, Japheth Korir, Conseslus Kipruto, Jonathan Ndiku, Moses Mukono and Geoffrey Kirui train at Runyenjes, March 18, 2013.

9/ What is your plan after that ?

I am planing to represent the country for Africa Junior Championship this year and I am also aiming for World Championship this year.

10/ Who was your favourite runner when you were a kid ?

Paul Tergat and Kenenisa Bekele

11/ If you were not an athlete, what else would you be ?

I don’t know but I am good in class. I am not only an athlete!

12/ How many miles/kilometres are you doing each week (at what pace)?

I do 30km for my long run at about 60%. For speed work it is either fartlek or interval. I also do tempo run of maximum 25minutes at 80%.

13/ Can you tell us the best workout you have done until today ? 

Ok for me when I do intervala then it depend what I am preparing: 1200m*8 under 3:12 / 400*5 between 56-60 / 1000*5 under 2:30 each.

14/ What distances are you planning to focus in the future ?

Everything from 1 mile to 10 000m.

15/ What is the hardest part in running ?

Hahaha nothing hard but it take determination and we may say some challenges as a student because you need to be able to combine class and sport. Also as a young athlete remember that running is getting better with age and for now you can’t expect young athele to compete with Rudisha, Bolt, Bernard Lagat of U.S.A and Mo Farah.

16/ Where did you go for primary school ? secondary ?

Primary is known as Mutenguar. Secondary is Saint Patrick’s high school in Iten (former school pupils include David Rudisha and many others champions). Currently I am in form four there.

17/ If we invite you to a race in France would you like to come ?

Off course yes I will. Would you invite me ?

RUNAFRICA PROJECT AMBASSADOR: HARON LAGAT

Haron LAGAT

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Haron Lagat, Brussels (Belgium), 2010.

Informations :
Last Name : LAGAT
First Name : Haron
Age : 29
Country : KENYA

Personnal Best :

OUTDOOR
800m: 1:53.95
1500m: 3:48.59
5000m: 13:30.59
10 000m: 28:05.23
3000m SC: 8:15.80

INDOOR
Mile (i): 4:11.02
3000m (i): 7:56.52
5000m (i): 13:36.59
2000m SC (i): 5:22.81

ROAD
Mile: 3:53.8
5K: 13:38
10K: 28:43
15K: 44:59
HM: 65:38

Haron Lagat, Paris (France), 2012.

Haron Lagat, Paris (France), 2012.

The Interview:

1/ When and were were you born ? Where are you living (city) now ?

I was born in August 15, 1983, in  a small village called Barsombe in Uasin Gishu district. Actually our farm has the pickon of the three districts, Tranzoia, Marakwet and Uasn Gishu. At the moment i leave in Lubbock in West Texas. It’s a medical and academic city in the flat plains of Texas.

2/ How and when did you start running ? where are you training ?

The way i started running is very complicated. When I was in elementary school i was pretty good at basketball and volleyball, i never thought in my life i would be a runner. Actually during my primary school years, I went to the same school with Sally and Michael Kipyego. I was one of those guys whom i was respected by other school for my volleyball schools so i could travel with them has a fan. I was one of the guys in the fences winning argument between sister schools bragging of who got better runners. I usually win just talking how good Sally and Mike would crash them.

I was lucky enough i passed my primary school test and was selected to join the fame St. Patrick’s high school in Iten. I knew i would not be able to afford to pay the school fees because my family was poor. I decided to just go for one semester then it will be easy to transfer to a smaller school. To make the story short, when I joined St Patricks it was required for all the 120 form one students to run a 2km loop everyday for three weeks as part of our orientation. Besides St. Patrick’s admitted two kids who were good at running in elementary school (regardless of their academic grades). Luckily during the 2K run I ran pretty good to the point where i was giving the two « athletes » hard time that they just beat me in a sprint finish each time. Then, the games teachers introduced me to Brother Colm.

At first, I did not fully buy myself into being an athlete. Hanging out with athletes was fun but runs were painful. One day we went for a long run in the forest and that was the hardest run that I had ever done. I decided that enough was enough. On monday morning i took back all the track suits and training shoes that Brother Colm had given me. He told me to see him at Game’s time. When I showed up Brother Colm was in the office. He talked to me and convinced me that I could be a good runner and that I should believe. I was back at it again. 

In april, Saint Patrick’s has athletics camp for young athletes from all over the world. I was invited to attend but I had one problem, again I got no fees to come back for the following semester. I was just here for fame that I one day ill say want to st patricks. I went to the games teacher Mr. Keitany and told him why I will not come to the camp. I was packing my stuff and leaving for good this time. He was really affected with what i was going through, that he started hugging me. Two days later, few days before we left Mr. Keitany told me to meet him at Brother Colm place at 3pm. I showed up at Brother Colm door at games time, to my surprise he told me that my fees would be taken care. I broke down right there. That changed my attitude. From that day I gave everything in my training and started to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I got better better and better that I have surprised myself so far. I consider Brother Colm the light of my smiles. He has made me love running, he paid my schooling until my teacher’s college fees. He got me a scholarship to USA which i graduated with BSC and now i am a person not just a runner, but a respected person.

3/ Do you have brothers and sisters ? If yes are they running ? What are your parents doing ?

I am the oldest of 5 kids, one brother and 3 sisters. My brother is a runner and he might be one of the best runners some years to come. He is in high school and i have been holding him back to concentrate on his school 1st cause he will have time after schooling to be a runner. My sisters are teachers and my younger sister is still in the last year of his elementary schooling.

4/ How did you came to America ?

I came to America through track and field scholarship. Brother Colm and professor Mike Boit facilated it after my graduation from Teachers College. If you don’t know, I am a P1 elementary school teacher (Tambach Teachers College).

Haron Lagat, coaching at Texas Tech.

Haron Lagat, coaching at Texas Tech.

5/ What did running teach you in your everyday life ?

Running has thought me that everything is possible if you work hard and are fully dedicated. Believe in your abilities. One thing that Brother Colm told me when I left Kenya was « dont disappear on the scene of the world of track and field » that means be visible whatever you are doing and wherever you are. I will always try to inspire before i disappear.

6/ What is the hardest part in running ?

The hardest part is being consistent in training. You have to be really tough mentally, to wake up everyday at six and start swinging your hands and placing one foot in front of the other quicker and longer and do it again for the second run. That needs a lot of dedication and believe. Not counting drills, weight room, stretching and many others. Oh well to swing hands back and forth for hundred miles week after week, I think you have to be a little crazy. To be a runner you got to be stubborn to your body, don’t give up on him. Keep moving even on those days that your first step out bed feel like you will crumble any time.

7/ Who was your favorite runner when you were a kid ?

I was not actually exposed to running until high school. I did not have any particular favorite runner when i started training but i admired a lot of athletes when i got to the sport. Tergat- why? he has the same running style like mine, and I got nick named Tergat in high school. Moses Kiptanui- why? I though he was the same height with me thus i could be a good steeplechaser. But damn it he is shorter! Michael Johnson- But I came to be disappointed by him because he retired while winning by big margin, who does that?

At my last year of high school I came to admire Bernard Lagat who is a very close buddy of mine now, I never thought that happening. When I started switching my mind to be a good runner as well as a schooler, Bernard was winning while schooling. You know there was a stereotype in Kenya that you will never be a good athlete and at same time good in class. We proved that wrong.

Haron Lagat leading The 5th Avenue Mile race in New York.

Haron Lagat leading The 5th Avenue Mile race in New York.

8/ If you were not an athlete, what else would you be ?

Sincerely, I can’t tell what I would be if I wasn’t an athlete. I can’t say I was going to be teaching because without Brother Colm and joining Saint Patrick’s I wasn’t gonna join TTC. I think i can say buying cows in my village.

9/ Can you explain us your job as a pacemaker ? how does it will to be a big part of those great times and performances ?

My job has pacemaker is to first be part of the race to ensure a fast time and avoid tactical racing. I am always employed by race organisers or runners for quick time or world record attempts with specific instructions for lap, km, or mile.

10/ Can you tell us the best workout you have done until today ? (for example 10*1000m in 2″40 recovery 2minutes between each)

I have done a lot of decent workouts in my running career and can’t point which one was good. I always give good effort to my workouts but their are certain times that when i hit them then i know i am ready like 1200*5 Under 3:12 with 2 minutes and 30 seconds recovery. Or a hard 16k under 50 minutes. That’s where I get satisfaction.

11/ What would be your last word for Runafrica Project Athletes ?

To Runfrica. Turn those young men and women miles into smiles

KENYA NATIONAL XC – RESULTS

30th Kenya National XC Championship, Senior Men Starting Line.

30th Kenya National XC Championship, Senior Men Starting Line.

30th NATIONAL XC CHAMPIONSHIP – NAIROBI (UHURU GARDENS) 16/02/2013

MEN 12K
1. Philemon RONO 1991 35:22
2. Timothy KIPTOO 1984 35:25
3. Geoffrey KIRUI 1993 35:26
4. Hosea MACHARINYANG 1986 35:32
5. Jonathan NDIKU 1991 35:33
6. Japhet KORIR 1993 35:37
7. Paul KUIRA 1991 35:44
8. Vincent CHEPKOK 1988 35:47
9. Julius KOGO 1985 35:49
10. Clement LANGAT 1991 35:57
11. Isaiah KOECH 1993 35:58
12. Kenneth KIPKEMOI 1984 36:03
14. John MWANGANGI 1990 36:06
17. Richard SIGEI 1985 36:11
19. Denis MASAI 1991 36:15
20. Caleb NDIKU 1992 36:20
23. Fredrick NDUNGE 1990 36:28
25. Paul TANUI 1990 36:33
26. David KOGEI 1985 36:36
28. Patrick MWAKA 1992 36:42
35. Mike KIPNGENO 1993 36:58
38. Clement KEMBOI 1990 37:09
67. Richard MATEELONG 1986 38:12
92. Josphat BETT 1990

DNF – Bidan KAROKI 1990
DNF – Peter C. KIRUI 1988
DNF – Edwin SOI 1986
DNF – Leonard P. KOMON 1988
DNF – Joseph EBUYA 1987
DNF – Martin MATHATHI 1985

TEAM: PRISONS 70 (2-9-14-22-23)

WOMEN 8K
1. Margaret WANGARI 1986 26:46
2. Irene CHEPTAI 1992 26:48
3. Janet KISA 1992 26:50
4. Emily CHEBET 1986 26:52
5. Beatrice CHEPKEMOI 26:57
6. Viola KIBIWOT 1983 27:04
7. Eunice KIOKO 1987 27:10
8. Sylvia KIBET 1984 27:12
9. Ann GATHERU 27:15
13. Joyce CHEPKIRUI 1988 27:30
19. Lineth CHEPKURUI 1987 27:50
46. Pauline NJERU 1990 28:55

BOYS 8K
1. Ronald KWEMOI 1995 23:10
2. Leonard BARSOTON 1994 23:16
3. Moses MUKONO 1995 23:21
4. Emmanuel KIPRONO 1995 23:22
5. Bernard KIPKEMOI 1994 23:33
6. Conseslus KIPRUTO 1994 23:40
7. Michael BETT 1994 23:43
8. Vedic CHERUIYOT 1996 23:48
9. Isaac LANGAT 1994 23:52
15. Gilbert KIRUI 1994 24:04
25. Nicholas CHEPSEBA 1994 24:19

TEAM: NORTH RIFT 34 (2-6-7-8-11)

GIRLS 6K
1. Faith CHEPNGETICH 1994 19:54
2. Agnes CHEBET 1995 20:02
3. Roseline CHEPNGETICH 1996 20.04
4. Caroline CHEPKOECH 1994 20:08
5. Sheila CHEPNGETICH 1995 20:17
6. Pauline KAVEKE 1994 20:20
7. Linah CHERUTO 1995 20:25
8. Mercy CHEPWOGEN 1996 20:29
9. Mercy CHEBET 1997 20:32
14. Damaris AREBA 1995 21:05

KENYA NATIONAL XC – RUNAFRICA PREVIEW

Two weeks to go before the 30th Kenya National Cross Country Championship, that will be held in Nairobi on February 16th.

(Note: Geoffrey Mutai & Geoffrey Kipsang will not run the Nationals XC as they will be running RAK Half Marathon on February 15)

And this year again, it should be a hot contested show with a galaxy of stars, especially with the World XC Championship on the horizon.

Here is a little preview of the event with all the top contenders.

MEN 12K – 12 HUNGRY MEN THAT CAN WIN:

- Bidan KAROKI: The Defending Champion who was healing an harmstring injury in December back in Japan after a solid winter, seems to have recovered well with a second place at last week Discovery XC and will be back to defend his title.

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Bidan Karoki.

- Kenneth KIPKEMOI: Africa 10000m Champion, had a huge breakthrough season in 2012 (National 10000m Champion, 26:52.65 10000m PB, 59:11 for Half Marathon). Kipkemoi launched his XC season perfectly, taking the victory at the first XC meet of the year at the Eldoret Educational Center. Starting his preparations early for the Nationals (viewing to make the team for the World Championship), he decided to skip the AK series to focus on training in Kaptagat, only to run one race in Europe (second at Venta de Banos) and Baringo Half Marathon (third place) and intensify his training before heading to his first real test at the Discovery XC that he won in a class of his own.

Kenneth Kipkemoi on his way to win the 22nd Discovery Cross Country, Eldoret, January 27, 2013.

Kenneth Kipkemoi.

- Gideon KIPKETER: Was 2012 National Schools XC Champ. Ran 59:53 for Half Marathon in September and made his debut for marathon (2:08) in October. Won Tusky Wareng Cross Country in November. Has not run since but could be a good surprise.

Gideon Kipketer

Gideon Kipketer.

- John KIPKOECH: Won Biggest XC race in France in January, in November was third at Soria XC in Spain and third at Embu XC. Was nine at National last year.

John Kipkoech

John Kipkoech.

- Geoffrey KIPSANG: Big favourite after his victory at the Police XC Champ with a 54sec margin over marathoner Geoffrey Mutai. In addition to his impressive performance, it was Kipsang’s first competition since September (his marathon debut in Berlin). Kipsang was 7th last year.

Geoffrey Kipsang

Geoffrey Kipsang.

- Timothy KIPTOO: For the last two years Kiptoo seems to get in shape at the right time. Two Time Kenya Prisons XC Champion, AK Series Jackpot Winner, Runner-up at National XC last year, 4th at Africa XC & Bronze medallist at Africa Champ over 5000m. Contrary to last year he only ran once this winter at the Kisii leg where he ended up seventh Before defending his Prisons Title with class.

Timothy Kiptoo

Timothy Kiptoo.

- Clement LANGAT: The African XC Champion is cleary focused on making the team to world championship this year as he is getting ready for “real action” at the Nationals. He was second in December at the Tusky Wareng XC.

Clement Langat.

Clement Langat.

- Hosea MACHARINYANG: AK series Jackpot winner (winning in Kapsokwony, runner-up in Nyahururu, Embu & Kericho), XC specialist. Will be looking for his 8th appearance in the National XC team (2 Times in the Juniors & 5 Times in the Seniors ranks)

Hosea Macharinyang.

Hosea Macharinyang.

- Peter MATELONG: Brother to steeplechase specialist Richard. Has been dominant during the AK XC series this winter with two big wins in Nyahururu & Embu. Was Armed Forced runner-up.

Peter Matelong.

Peter Matelong.

- Geoffrey MUTAI: Still building and preparing for “something big” in London, The World Major Marathon winner started his XC season with the Kericho leg were he led almost all the race just to get beaten in a sprint finish by John Mwangangi & Hosea Macharinyang. He was second at the Police XC Champ last weekend behind Geoffrey Kipsang.

Geoffrey Mutai.

Geoffrey Mutai.

- John MWANGANGI: Has been racing a lot this past few weeks with a third place at the World Half Marathon Champ and a lot of wins on the local circuit (1st at Imenti 15K, 5th at Machakos XC, 4th in Embu, then winning Kericho in front of a worldclass field). He also went to win the Santa Pola HM on January 20th before ending 8th at the National Prisons XC 6 days later. With 15 days to go, it looks like it’s enough to recover well and get ready for the big show.

John Mwangangi.

John Mwangangi.

- Leonard OLOITIPTIP: Armed Forces XC Champion. Was a big promising talent a few years ago, on the way to get back at the top.

Leonard Oloitiptip.

Leonard Oloitiptip.

12 Dark Horses: Emmanuel Bett, Vincent Chepkok, Joseph Ebuya, Dennis Kimetto, Wilson Kiprop, Mark Kiptoo, Isiah Koech, Julius Kogo, Philemon Limo, Martin Mathathi, Fredrick Musyoki, Paul Tanui.

RUNAFRICA « TOP 6″ PREDICTION (Note: Geoffrey Mutai & Geoffrey Kipsang will not run the Nationals XC as they will be running RAK Half Marathon on February 15)

1. Kenneth KIPKEMOI
2. Clement LANGAT
3. Hosea MACHARINYANG
4. Bidan KAROKI
5. Timothy KIPTOO
6. John KIPKOECH