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Kenyan runners end the year with wins

Kenyan runners ushered in 2018 in style, winning majority of races across the world, setting the mood for Commonwealth Games set for April in Gold Coast, Australia.

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Flomena Cheyech in a past race

Reigning Commonwealth Games marathon champion Flomena Cheyech Daniels was the star highlight after winning Saint Silvester 15km Road race staged on 31st December 2017.

The West Pokot born runner timed 50:18 to usher in 2018 in style, taking the title from banned runner Jemima Sumgong who set the course record at 48:34.

Cheyech became the 13th Kenyan winner on the course that has been dominated by Kenyan runners in Brazil.

Former World Youth 1,500m champion Stacy Ndiwa was the star attraction at the 64th edition of Houilles 10km Road race.

But it was a bad year ending for defending champion Cornelius Kangogo came 4th (28:53) in men’s race.

Kangogo was seeking a back to back wins for the fourth title on the course.

After finishing 2nd at the Tuskys Cross Country championships in Eldoret, Ndiwa led an all Kenyan podium. She cut the tape in 31:35 followed by Evaline Chrichir to second position clocking 32:10 as Magdalene Masai completed the podium timing 32:36.

Erick Kiptanui was on top form as he led a 1-2 finish for Kenyans at the 53rd edition of San Silvester Vallecana 10km road race.

The Kenyan runner led Amos Kirui to second place clocking 27:34 and 27:48 respectively.

Former world cross country champion Agnes Tirop Jebet was the winner of the 3rd edition of Boclassic 5km race.

Tirop, the IAAF World 10,000m bronze medalist defended her title with a course record.

She clocked 15:30 to break the long kept record set by Germany international Kathrin Wessel (15:34) in 1991.

Tirop who on December 9th won the third edition of Ziwa Farmers 10km road race, beat her Kenyan counterpart Margaret Kipkemboi Chelimo to second clocking 15:58.

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