Karoki awaits marathon debut after defending Discovery XC
World Cross and World Half silver medallist, Bedan Karoki Muchiri and 2008 World Cross country silver medallist Irene Cheptai clinched the senior titles of the 26th edition of Nike Discovery Kenya Cross Country Championship held on Sunday in Eldoret.
Karoki who recently recuperated from an injury clocked 29:54.20 to successfully defend the senior men’s 10km title while Cheptai stopped the timer at 26:28.90 to claim the senior women’s 8km race.
An ecstatic Karoki, barely two weeks old in the country after reporting back from his Japan base, revealed plans to run the full marathon at the August World Championships in London.
“I’m happy with the win today it’s boosted my confidence. I’ve already started training for the full marathon,” Karoki told Citizen Digital.
Karoki faced stiff competition from 5000m bronze medallist Emmanuel Kipsang but the former failed to keep up, as Alex Kibet put up a strong finish to claim second place on 30:05.4. Geoffrey Kipyego completed the top three when he stopped the timer at 30:06.8.
In the junior men 8 km category, Richard Kiminyan, the Commonwealth 3000m silver medallist came first in 23:53.50 ahead of Josphat Kipchirchir (24:01.70) and Antony Saita (24:14.10).
The atmosphere surrounding this year’s event remained oddly low key as renowned athletes failed to show up with Athletics Kenya president Lt. Gen (Rtd) Jack Tuwei explaining it was due to the congested calendar of events.
Senior men’s 10km: 1. Bedan Karoki (29:54.20), 2. Alex Kibet (30:05.40), 3. Geoffrey Kipyego (30:06.80), 4. Bernard Kipkemboi (30:08.50), 5. Timothy Rono (30:10.40).
Senior women’s 8km: 1. Irene Cheptai (26:28.90), 2. Lilian Kasait (26:34.20), 3. Eunice Chebichi (27:13.30), 4. Lucy Cheruiyot (27:18.40), 5. Gladys Chesir (27:23.60).
Junior men’s 8km: 1. Richard Kimunyan (23:53.50), 2. Josephat Kipchirchir (24:01.70), 3. Antony Saita (24:14.10), 4. Collins Kemboi (24:29.70), 5. Cleophas Kanie (24:33.40).
Junior women’s 6km: 1. Sandra Chebet (20:42.10), 2. Chebet Ng’etich (21:09.90), 3. Emily Chebet (21:19.10), 4. Purity Ng’ang’a (21:38.40), 5. Daisy Cherotich (21:41.70).