Report: Kenya Police Cross Country Championship
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The Kenyan Police cross country championship took place at Ngog on Friday, 7th January 2022. The cross country was competed by some of the best distance runners in the country. A lot of champions were present but unfortunately the defending champion Jeffery Kamworor couldn’t take part with late groin injury. Report: Kenya Police Cross Country Championship.
Women 10km Race
Carolyne Nyaga of Eastern University is the new Kenya Police Service women’s 10km champion.
The 28-year-old Nyaga, who finished fifth last year, got her act together this time, defeating Nairobi’s Nelly Cheptoo in a dramatic exchange to win in 35 minutes and 53.44 seconds at the Ngong Racecourse on Friday.
In the final four kilometers, the race devolved into a two-horse contest, with Nyaga and Cheptoo tearing each other apart.
Cheptoo, who was competing for the first time since 2018, came in second in 35:58.54, with Janet Ruguru of the Rift Valley coming in third in 36:04.43.
“It’s all about patience and discipline. I have never finished in top three since I joined Kenya Police in 2015. It’s a great feeling this morning,” said Nyaga, who gave credit to her coach Bruce Lati for her victory.
“It’s Lati who discovered my talent when I was in form four back in 2014 at Kiriari Secondary School,” said Nyaga, who now hopes her victory will help secure a good management and kitting firm.
“The only support have is from Kenya Police and my coach Lati,” said Nyaga, a fifth place finisher in 10,000m at the 2019 African Games.
1.Caroline Nyaga (Eastern) – 35:52.6 seconds
2.Nelly Cheptoo (Nairobi) – 35:58.6 seconds
3.Jane Ruguru (RVP) – 36:04.5 seconds
4.Mercy Cherono (RVP) – 36:05.8 seconds
5.Margaret Wangare (Coast) – 36:08.2 seconds
6.Faith Kimutai (RVP) – 36:12.2 seconds
Men 10km Race
Rhonex Kipruto of Police Boarder (PBU), a World 10,000m bronze medalist, won the Kenya Police Cross Country Championships men’s 10km title in his debut on Friday, 7th January 2022.
Kipruto, the 10km world record holder, took advantage of eight-time reigning champion Geoffrey Kamworor’s late withdrawal to win in 30 minutes and 28.57 seconds at the Ngong Race course.
Kamworor, who was vying for his ninth title, withdrew due to a groin ailment received during his long run the day before.
Kipruto, the 2018 World Under-20 10,000m champion, grabbed command in the final kilometer and never looked back to win his first race.
“It’s a good win coming just upon graduating from Kenya Police Training College. We went for team work with my brother Kibet. It was needless to fight each other ruthlessly when we are from the same team,” said Kipruto, ” said Kipruto.
“We have a busy season and I will have to sit down with my coach brother Colm O’Connell to strategise well especially after I missed out on Tokyo Olympics owing to a hip joint injury,” he added.
1.Rhonex Kipruto (BPU) – 30:28.6 seconds
2.Michael Kibet (BPU) – 30:28.9 seconds
3.Josphat Kiprotich (CIPU) – 30:46.8 seconds
4.Joseph Kiptum (NEP) – 30:50.7 seconds
5.Edwin Bett (RDU) – 30:52.1 seconds
6.Kennedy Cheserek (GSU) – 31:02.4 seconds