Newcomer Kenneth Kiprop and World Indoor 1,500m bronze medalist Abel Kipsang recorded wins at the ongoing national Athletics Kenya championships cum Africa Senior Athletics championships trials at the Kasarani stadium.
Coming from Western Region, Kiprop produced a powerful performance to destroy the field to wins men’s 10,000m in 28:06.67.
Kipsang of Police won the men’s 1500m semis one, Emedy of Kiplimo was second with Daniel Mungut taking third.
World Champion Timothy Cheruiyot comfortable sailed to the final, winning the race in 3:42.02
In men’s 400m semifinals, Ugandan Aaron Adol timed 46.07 to beat Boniface Mweresa to second in 46.32 with Kevin Tauta finishing third in 47.13 in semis one.
William Rayan (46.45) was first, Police’s Kennedy Kemeu second in 46.78 and Nathaniel Kipngetich finishing third in 46.88 in semis two.
Collins Omae won semis three in 46.91. Kevin Kiprotich of Prions was second in 47.09 while Cleopas Langat was third in 47.32 seconds
In women, another Ugandan Shida Lenyi (53.01) won the women’s 400m semis one, Leah Chesire was second in 54.08 with Joan Cherono was third in 54.82.
Prisons’ Mercy Adijah won the second semis in 54.59, Damaris Nduleve was second in 54.91 while Maureen Thomas finished third in 55.47.
Police produced 1-2 in the third semis, with Veronica Mutua (54.03) wining the race followed by Jacinta Shikanda finishing second in 54.54 while Prisons’ Sylvia Chesebe was third in 55.44.
National 100m record holder Ferdinand Omanyala timed 10.14 to win men’s semis one, Hesbon Ochieng of Prisons finished second in 10.62 with Robinson Motende of KDF closing the podium in 10.76.
Semis two went to Tanzana Kamanga of Denmark in 10.67, Mark Kangethe (10.68) was second. Moses Wasike timed 10.81 second in third.
KDF’s Samuel Imeta timed 10.53 to piped Ugandan Benson Okot (10.55) in second. Duke Ogoti was third in 10.86 seconds
National Police’s Maximilla Imali comfortably sailed through to the final in the women’s 100m semis one , winning the race in 11.36. This is the fastest time this year in the country, Eunice Kadogo took second slot in 11.84 while Lucia William of South Sudan closed the podium in 12.28.
Uganda’s Jacinta Nyamahuge won semis two in 11.80, Joy Akinyi (12.41) in second and Linda Kageha clocked 12.46 in third.
Semis three went to Monica Safania (11.91), Esther Mbagari was second in 12.16 with Doreen Waka closing the podium in 12.48