Kenya: Cheserek and Kiplagat win Nandi 15km road titles

Beatrice Cheserek and Amos Kiplagat are the winners of Koitalel Nandi’s first 15 km road race held in Nandi County on Sunday.

The race, organized under the theme “Running to end gender-based violence”, was postponed from October due to the death of 2015 world cross-country champion Agnes Tirop.

The race, which started in Kapsabet and ended at Nandi Hills Stadium, saw the athletes prepare for the early morning cold on a high-altitude course.

Kiplagat crossed the finish line in 43 minutes and 43.77 seconds to win the men’s 15km race ahead of Samuel Naibei (44: 05.85) and Hillary Kipkoech (44: 12.15).

On the women’s side, Cheserek took the win after crossing the finish line in 49: 50.50 ahead of Jackline Chelal who clocked 50: 20.10. Gladys Chepkurui was third in 51: 03.10.

Kiplagat, who finished fourth in the Madrid marathon last month, told Nation Sport the good timing and knowledge of the hilly course worked in his favor.

“I knew there was a hilly section after a few miles of racing so I followed the lead pack, and my body responded well and at the right time. I’m glad I won here today. “

Naibei, for his part, said he was happy to have come in second, an improvement from sixth place in the Nakuru half marathon.

“I will be competing in the Lagos Marathon next year after missing the Valencia Marathon and have decided to take part in the race as part of the preparations. The course was tough but I’m happy I finished second so is a good improvement, ”Naibei said.

In the women’s category, Cheserek broke away from the leading pack after the 8 km mark set by her husband Cyrus Kiplagat and led to the leading pack.

Cheserek, who trains in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet said his preparation for the race was good.

DNation bodytext: “The course was difficult and I wanted to win the race after good preparations at home and it’s good progress as I look forward to a good season where I will aim to participate in more than 21 road races. km, “she said. noted.

Nandi County Governor Stephen Sang said the Eliud Kipchoge Sports Complex will have office space that will house professional counselors to provide socio-psycho-social support to athletes who may encounter problems in their careers.

In the 21km cycling category, Salim Kipkemboi took the victory after beating Evan Kimani, while Gibson Alwanda was in third place.

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