Amos Kirui and Helen Obiri cruised to easy victories to win the Kenyan cross country titles to book their places in the national team for next month’s IAAF World championships in Aarhus, Denmark.
Under clear skies at the Eldoret Sports Club, the 21-year-old Kirui obliterated a strong field that included reigning world champion Geoffrey Kamworor to win in the race.
“It came as a surprise to me. I was not expecting to win,” said the reigning World U-20 3,000m steeplechase champion.
“I was prepared to make the team for the world championships, but winning has been an added bonus.”
Litte-known Evans Keitany took second place while Rodgers Kwemoi, the 2018 Commonwealth 10,000m bronze medallist was third.
Kamworor trailed home fifth but was included in the 28-member team for the world championships.
Obiri, the reigning 5,000m world champion and Olympic silver medallist ensured her first maiden appearance at the world cross country championships when she dominated the women’s race to win by a full 200 metres ahead of Beatrice Mutai and Beatrice Chepkoech, the world 3000m steeplechase record holder.
Copyright: News Central TV
All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from News Central TV.