Edward Zakayo aiming first African title


Edward Zakayo won silver in 3,000m at the World Under 18 championships but that is not enough as he sets focus to bring glory to Kenya at the forthcoming Africa Cross Country championships set for March in Algeria.

Zakayo won the North Rift 8km junior men’s race in the Athletics Kenya, North Rift cross country championships held today at Kishaunei Showground, West Pokot County.

Running for Elgeyo Marakwet County beat a host of other athletes to book for a slot at the national championships where the federation will select a team to represent Kenya at the continental championships.

“My focus is to bring gold to Kenya. It has been my dream to do that after losing under 18 title to Ethiopian,” said Zakayo who cut the tape in 25:43.45.

He was ahead of Noel Rotich (West Pokot) in 25:45.96) and Reuben Longosiwa in third place clocking 26:05.25.

In women’s 6km junior category, Irene Chepchirchir beat a host of upcoming runners to lift the title in 22:25.68.

Running on home turf, Chepchirchir won ahead of Elgeyo Marakwet’s Winnie Kimutai who returned second timing 22:33.20 and Domitila Cheruto, also from West Pokot ended the podium in 22:45.45.

Dorcas Kimeli and Moses Kibet will fly regions flag in 10km senior women and men respectively.

Kimeli trounced Penebdis Lekapita to lift the women’s race in 38:37.15 in a slow pace that was dominated by Samburu and Turkana Counties, which had little to show in other races.

Lekapita competing for Samburu finished second clocking 39:04.45 as Turkana’s Pauline Eskul was third in 39:12.3.

It was battle to the tape as Kibet won the senior men’s race. His finishing speed paid off for the Trans Nzoia based runner who clocked 33:12.95 ahead of Isaac Yego (33:14.12) from Elgeyo Marakwet and Justus Kimutai (33:16.12) of West Pokot.

Selected results

8km junior men

  1. Edward Zakayo-25:43.45
  2. Noel Rotich-25:45.96
  3. Reuben Longosiwa-26:05.25
  4. alexCherono-26:13.14
  5. Robert Kiprop-26:24.33
  6. Abel Kiplimo -26:26.35

6km junior women

  1. Irene Chepchirchir-22:25.68
  2. Winnie Kimutai-22:33.20
  3. Domitila Cheruto-22:45.45
  4. Felishan Kanda-22:52.37
  5. Catherine Reline-22:59.05
  6. Chabet Kiplang’at-23:01.27

10km senior women

  1. Dorcas Kimeli-38:47.15
  2. Perendis Lekapita-39:04.45
  3. Pauline Eskul-39:12.3
  4. Alicent Rutto-39:25.22
  5. Peninah Chepchirchir-39:59.0
  6. Sussy Chebet -40:25.59

10km senior men

  1. Moses Kibet-33:12.95
  2. Isaac Yego-33:14.12
  3. Justus Kimutai-33:16.25
  4. Silas Ng’etich-33:19.15
  5. Titus Koskei-33:24.90
  6. Daniel Chembolei -33:30.58
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