Chepkirui lead Kenyans to podium sweep at Durban 10K

Sheila Chepkirui put her world championships dismal performance aside to win the FNB Durban 10K on Sunday (13), running with a course record.

Chepkiru, who finished 5th at the world championships in Doha, Qatar in 10,000m a week ago won the title in 30:55, taking four seconds off the African all-comers’ record.

One week after finishing fifth in the marathon at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, Stephen Mokoka landed victory in the men’s race in front of a home crowd, clocking 28:12.

Chepkirui and compatriots Evaline Chirchir and Beatrice Mutai went straight to the front of the race to dictate the pace. Ethiopia’s Tadu Nare went with the Kenyan trio, but was only able to stick with them for three kilometres. Chepkirui beat Chirchir to second and Mutai third in an all Kenya podium sweep.

South African Stephen Mokoka won the men’s title in 28:12 edging out Ugandan Stephen Kissa (28:16).

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