Torongo based Quailyne Kiprono and Gerald Vincent were in the class of their own by winning the Central Rift Athletics Kenya Track and Field championships staged on University of Eldoret ground today.
After setting Daegu marathon with a course record, the double Lagos marathon champion Abraham Kiptum won in 5000m men timing 13.53.1 ahead of former World youth 3000m gold medallist Richard Kimuyan who stopped the timer at 14.13.8 as Uasin Gishu duo of Joan Chepkemoi and Nancy Chelagat won in women’s category in 16.12.8 and second respectively.
The upstart Kiprono, under the management Barnabas Kitilit won the 1,500m women while Vincent took the men’s title as the region selected the team for this year’s national trials ahead of Africa Senior Athletics Championships to be staged in Assaba, Nigeria.
With her maiden victory in 4.32.8 followed by Renny Jelagat who timed 4.35.8 to cut a slot to the national trials in Nairobi.
“I have ambitions of competing at the Africa Championships. That willonly happen if a make a cut at the national trials but I will do my best to cut a slot among the seniors,” said the Baringo based runner.
The runner wants tobe branded in national colours for the first time in her running career.
Competing for Uasin Gishu, Vincent won the men’s 1500m in 3.46.0 followed by Justus Soget from Baringo who clocked 3.46.8
Edwin Mell won the men’s 800m by timing 1.47.1 defeating Collins Kipruto (1.48.5) as Naomi Chelagat emerged the winner clocking 2.09.6and Nancy Jepkemei was in second position in 2.09.8.