Reigning Africa cross country junior champion Rhonex Kipruto was in a class of his own, winning 10,000m during the National trials ahead of World Under 20 championships to be staged in Finland’s Tampere.
But much focus will be on day two of the trials where Commonwealth 5,000m bronze medallist Edward Zakayo will be taking part in the finals after making a cut today.
The 18 year old Kipruto ran the fastest time in this year’s UAE Healthy Kidney 10km race with a course record of 27:08 in USA won the race in 27:49.6 at Kasarani stadium.
Kipruto will fly the kenyan flag together Solomon Kiplimo who finished second position timing 28.18.1 but despite finishing third Victor Kirui failed to qualify after timing 28:30.3.
the duo will be defending Rodgers Kwemoi’s title he won in Bydgoszcz two years ago.
Beatrice Chebet regnited her efforts after finishing 4th in last year’s world U18 championships in 3,000m at the same venue to qualify for Tampere championships by winning women’s 5,000m.
Chebet timed 15:31.66 to triumph, beating reigning Africa cross country junior bronze medalist Hellen Ekalale to second timing 15:46.9.
reigning World U18 3,000m silver medalist Edward Zakayo is expecxted to highlight Tuesday event.
Competing in 5,000m finals, Zakayo the reigning Commonwealth 5,000m bronze will face off World Under-20 5,000m Wesley Ledama and National Cross Country Under-20 champion Stanley Waithaka.
Following his exploits at national secondary school games, Zakayo timed 3:43.44, to win first semi-final ahead of Samuel Chebolele (13:43.90) as Ledama came in third in 13:49.25.
Vincent Kibet won the second semi-final 13:45.65 ahead of followed by Evans Kiptum (13:47.09)..