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Agnes Tirop, Nicholas Kimeli wins Ziwa Farmers race

Former World Cross Country Champion Agnes Jebet Tirop and former Africa junior cross country champion Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli were the 10km champions in the 4th edition of Ziwa Farmers’ Road Race held today in Eldoret.

Fresh from winning Tuskys Cross country championships in Eldoret, Tirop faced a stiff challenge from Beijing marathon champion Valary Jemeli, Commonwealth Games 10,000m silver medalist Stacy Ndiwa, 2017 Nairobi Standard Chartered marathon champion Dorcas Jepchirchir won the race as she tries to return to the world cross country championships next year in Denmark.

Nicholas Kimeli Kipkorir reacts after winning the 10km Ziwa 10km Road race. Photo by Sabuni Khwa Sabuni

Tirop became the first runner to defend her Ziwa Farmers’ race timing 31:17.90 ahead of Jepchirchir’s 31:30.55 and Jemeli, who finished 6th at Tuskys Cross country completed the podium in 31:42.08.

“I have no other race apart from the working my way to make to the world cross country championships. I had prepared well for both Tuskys and Ziwa in the past weeks. The win was good for me since the course was flat but windy,” said Tirop.

The 2016 Africa cross country junior champion Kimeli, won the men’s title ahead of former world junior 1,500m bronze medalist Titus Kipruto and Albert Kangogo.

Kimeli timed 28:20.4 as Kipruto, who won 2014 world junior 3,000m steeplechase silver medalist was second in 28:23.4 and Kangogo’s 28:32.3.

Selected 10km results

Men

  1. Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli-28:20.4
  2. Titus Kipruto-28:23.4
  3. Albert kangogo-28:32.3
  4. Alex Cherono-28:35.0
  5. Vincent Kiprotich-28:39.8
  6. Emmanuel Bett-28:48.4

Women

  1. Agnes Jebet Tirop-31:30.90
  2. Dorcas Jepchirchir-31:30.55
  3. Valary Aiyabei Jemeli-31:42.08
  4. Stacy Ndiwa-31:43.34
  5. Debora Jepkorir-32:40.29
  6. Brilliah Jepkorir-32:52.34
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