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Rhonex Kipruto, Brilliant Jepkorir wins Discovery titles

Reigning world Under 20 10,000m champion Rhonex Kipruto and former world junior runner Brilliant Jepkorir were the winners of the 28th Edition of Discovery Kenya cross country championships held today at Eldoret Sports Club.

Kipruto who won last year’s junior title stunned world under 20 5,000m champion Edward Zakayo then defending champion Josephat Kipchirchir to claim the title.

Brilliant Jepkorir wins 8km senior women. Photo by Sabuni Khwa Sabuni

Ran a sunny afternoon, Braving the sunny afternoon, Kipruto won the race in 30:40.3 as Zakayo the world under 18 3,000m silver medalist in second position timing 30:46.9 as Kipchirchr settled third clocking 30:50.5.

“This was too hot but winning today was a great achievement for me and my coach. My target is to compete at world cross country championships. I knew the challenge would be still and I was prepared for the challenge,” said Kipruto who missed 10km world record with two seconds.

Reigning Commonwealth 5,000m bronze medalist Zakayo said he knew he was going to win but Kipruto was the main challenger and he managed to beat.

“Today I wanted to win knowing that Kipruto came from a race abroad but he managed to win, which provided a healthy competition,” said the Africa 5,000m champion.

Jepkorir, who represented Kenya at the 2012 world junior 3,000m won the women’s 8km edging out former Africa junior cross country bronze medalist Beatrice Chepkemoi, Barcelona Marathon winner Valary Aiyabei Jemeli and Dorcas Chepchirchir for the title.

Selected results

8km senior women

  1. Brilliant Jepkorir-27:36.1
  2. Beatrice Chepkemoi- 27:42.5
  3. Dorcas Chepchirchir- 27:47.9
  4. Valary Jemeli-27:53.2
  5. Rachael Chebet- 28:09.6
  6. Lydia Njeri- 28:36.9

10km senior men

  1. Rhonex Kipruto- 30:40.3
  2. Edward Zakayo- 30:46.9
  3. Josephat Kipchirchir- 30:50.5
  4. Nicholas Kimeli-30:50.5
  5. Moses Kibet-31:04.9
  6. Erick Kiptoo-28:36.9
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