Reigning world half marathon record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei defended her Kenya Army Cross Country Championships title ran today at Kahawa Garrison in Nairobi.
As Kennedy Njiru dethroned Eric Kiptanui to lift the men’s title as they prepare for the 43rd edition of the World Cross Country championships will be held on March 30, 2019 in Aarhus, Denmark.
With her preparations to debut for marathon in Honolulu next month, Jepkosgei won the women’s 10km race beating Irene Kamais.
The Valencia half marathon defended the title timing 31:36.4 as Kamais from Thika finished in second place in 31:53.0 while Mercy Wanjiru of Lanet settled for third (32:33:05).
In men’s 10km race Lanet’s Kennedy Njiru won in 27:37.1 ahead of Fredrick Moranga of Isiolo (27:41.7) as Erick Tirop from Thika wrapped up the podium finish (27:52.0).
The KDF Cross Country Championships will bring together the Kenya Army, Kenya Navy and Kenya Air Force. It will be used to select the KDF team for the National Cross Country Championships-cum-Trials for World Cross Country Championships, which Eldoret Sports Club will host on February 23, 2019.
(Top-10): Women 10km race – Joyciline Jepkosgei (Garisa) 31:36.4, Irene Kamais (Thika) 31:53.0, Mercy Wanjiru (Lanet) 32:33.05, Sela Jepteling’ (Lanet) 33:01.7, Gladys Chamweno (Thika) 33:09.2, Doris Changeiwo (Embakasi) 33:21.2, Penina Kandie (Thika) 33:35.3, Beatrice Cherop (Isiolo) 33:48.9, Naomi Chepkemoi (Kahawa) 34:01.6, Gladys Kimaina (Kahawa) 34:01.9
Men 10km race – Kennedy Njiru (Lanet) 27:37.1, Fredrick Moranga (Isiolo) 27.41.7, Erick Tirop (Thika) 27:52.0, Collins Koros (Kahawa) 27:53.4, Kibiwot Kandie (Embakasi) 28:08.6, Vincent Mutai (Garisa) 28:18.0, Wilson Maraba (Isiolo) 28:20.0, Alfred Kimani (Gilgil) 28:20.8, Wilson Kibogo (Gilgil) 28:21.2, Simon Njuguna (Lanet) 28:22.6.