Upstart Winny Kimutai edged reigning world under 18 3,000m silver medallist Immerculate Chepkirui to win the third leg of Athletics Kenya cross country championships ran today at Kapsokwony High school ground inMount Elgon as Michael Bett defended his title.
Kimutai, who registered her maiden win in her career,was a shocker claiming the 6km junior women title in 21:15.2 ahead of Chepkirui, the former world junior 5,000m silver medallist who timed 21:16.8followed by Monica Chirchir in third position in 21:21.0.
The youngster who trains in Iten alongside her coach Erick Kimaiyo was optimistic that after winning her maiden race, she will be a serious competitor at the national championships ahead of world cross country championships in Denmark.
“I want to make it to the nationals before trying my luck at the world cross country. I want to represent my country in Denmark,”said Kimutai.
In men’s 8km, Michael Bett extended his winning ways by defending his title, two weeks after winning Tuskys Wareng cross country inEldoret.
Bett beat pre-race favourite Bravin Kogei, the young brother to world under 20, 10,000m champion Rhonex Kipruto.
Kogei who sustained a knee injury on the course came a distance 5th in 24:54.3.
Bett from Chewoyet camp in West Pokot county timed 24:22.8 for the title followed by Charles kakuri (24:32.1) and Gideon Kipng’etich’ 24:39.7
8km junior men
1. Michael Kibet -24:22.8
2. Charles Kakuri-24:42.1
3. Gideon Kipngetich-24:39.7
4. Edwin Kiplagat-24:49.0
5. Bravin Kogei-24:54.3
6. Abel Kiplimo-24:59.0
6km junior women
1. Winny Kimutai-21:15.2
2. Immaculate Chepkirui-21:16.8
3. Monica Chirchir -21:21.0
4. Immaculate Anyango-21:28.2
5. Josephine Chelangat-21:34.0
6. Flelixiana Kanda-21:37.5.