Agnes Barsosio, Emmanuel Bor win 10KM Road Race
The athletes sapped the hilly loop from Kamonjil area in Emgwen Constituency to connect with Eldoret-Kapsabet road to Kapsabet town and finished off at Namgoi high school ground.
Barsosio saw off competition from road specialist runner Pascalia Jepkorir and another cross country runner Eunice Chebichii to win the race in 36:55:60.
Fresh from finishing third at the Chongking marathon last Sunday, Barsosio blamed her slow pace to the hilly terrain, adding that she faced tough competition from her competitors.
“The course was very hilly but I had to stay behind for better part of the starting point but at 7km, I went ahead just test my speed. On the last kilometre I was tired and thought that I will be beaten to the tape and luckily I managed to win,” said the reigning Tansu marathon champion.
Chebichii came second finishing in 36:60:40 while Viola Chepchumba closed the podium in 37:08:30.
Naomi Maiyo came in fourth place clocking 37:20:10 while Pamela Chepkoech (37:60:50), Betty Cheplong (37:60:80), Pascalia Jepkorir (38:01:10), Rachael Kosgei (38:04:70), Eunice Chepkorir (38:10:20) and Chelagat Sang (38:08:40) completed the top ten positions.
In the men’s race Bor, who was on the card for KCB/AK jackpot by finishing second cut the tape in 31:17:63 followed by another road race specialist Alfred Kimeli in 31:32:10 as Daniel Kiprotich completed the podium in 31:43:91.
The Kapsabet-based runner said that the competition was too stiff when 2014 Tokyo marathon winner Dennis chumba led the race before dropping out on the 8km mark.
Solomon Soi returned in fourth in 31:45:69 followed by newcomer Aaron Sirma in 31:54:73. Vincent Tanui (32:00:71) Abraham Kiptum (32:01:27), Daniel Mkungo (32:18:29), Peter Lagat (32:23:52) and Philip Birech completed the podium in 32:28:49.
The race was attended by National Olympics Committee Chairman Kipchoge Keino, 2008 Olympic gold medalist Alfred Bungei, 1992 Olympic silver medalist Patrick Sanga among others.
Bungei said that after launching the race a few years ago, they failed to keep it going due to lack of sponsors but assured that they will be turning the race every year.
The race is aimed at discovering talent in the region as a way of promoting sports tourism.