Kamworor and Cheptai lead Kenyan cross country domination
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[March 27, 2017]
By Isaack Omulo
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Geoffrey Kamworor
retained the men's title and Irene Cheptai led home five of her
compatriots in the women's race as Kenya dominated the world cross
country championships at the Kololo Independence Grounds on Sunday.
Kamworor became the first back-to-back winner of the senior men's
10km race for 11 years as he beat his team mate Leonard Barsoton by
12 seconds to win in 28 minutes 24 seconds.
Kamworor kept his nerve after Ugandan champion Joshua Cheptengei,
the home favorite, had burst away from the field and opened a wide
gap on the third of the five two-kilometer laps only to fade badly
on the last circuit.
Ethiopia's Abadi Hadis took the bronze medal seven seconds behind
Earlier, Kenya's women had swept the senior women's 10km race in
unprecedented fashion, with their team filling all the first six
places, headed by national champion Cheptai, who maintained her
season's unbeaten record to strike gold in 31:57.
She finished four seconds clear of Alice Nawowuna with Lilian
Rengeruk taking the bronze a further 10 seconds adrift.
Kenya's day of dominance had begun with three-time world 1,500m
champion Asbel Kiprop leading the team to gold in the inaugural
mixed relay race, followed by Ethiopia and Turkey.
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Kololo Independence Grounds, Kampala, Uganda - 26/03/17 - Kenya's
Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor reacts as he crosses the finishing line.
Yet the hosts enjoyed their own crowning moment in front of the
Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni when Jacob Kiplimo won the
country's first-ever cross country gold in the under-20 race.
Kenya headed the overall medal table, winning four golds and nine in
total, with traditional rivals Ethiopia second on eight and Uganda
(Editing by Ian Chadband)
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