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Nalianya, Rotich claim top positions at Relay championships

Eglay Nalianya and veteran Ferguson Rotich dominated the Athletics Kenya national champions cum trials ahead of world relays championships in Yokohama, Japan.

Nalianya, who has dominated athletics Kenya meetings in the country and Diamond League winner Rotich were the 800m winners in women and men’s races that were held today at the Lornah Kiplagat Sports Academy in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet county.

The National Police runner edged her compatriot Emily Cherotich and Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Jarinter Mawia for podium positions.

With her focus to claim the Nalinya said she had prepared well for the national championships since she trains from the region.

“since I train from this region, it was good for me to lift the title as we had for world championships. The win was good for me since I was competing in my home area though we still have a long way to go. The relay will be tricky because I have to train well with my partner to ensure that we carry the title back home,” said Nalianya.

She clocked 2:02.29 for the title ahead of Cherotich’s 2:04.25 and Mawia’s 2:05.52.

The consisted Rotich claimed the title after edging out Collins Kipruto from Kenya Would Life Service and Cornelias Tuwei.

Running as an individual Rotich, who will be competing at Doha Diamond league won the race timing 1:45.40 ahead of Kipruto (1:46.20) and Tuwei completed the podium in 1:46.45.

In other results, Milicent Ndoro and Mike Mokamba were 200m winners. Competing for Kenya Police, Ndoro clocked locked 23:85 ahead of compatriot Joan Cherono (24:20) before veteran Eunice Kadogo also from police completed the podium in  24:31.

In men’s 200m, Mokamba from Kenya Defence Forces clocked 20:90 ahead of compatriot Samuel Chege (21:02) and Kenya Prisons Dan Kiviasi ending the podium timing 21:08.

“The race was too competitive hence giving me an opportunity to compete at the world level in a better way. The track here is good. As we head into the camp. We need good coaches who will cooperate with us to ensure that we win the race in Yokohama,” said Mokamba who will be competing in 4x200m in Japan.

Hellen Syombua and Jared Momanyi were the winners of 400m in women and men categories respectively.

Syombua, who trains in Nyeri under Pascal Chelengat said the region has good climate that can give an athlete good time compared to other areas in the country.

“we will be traveling to Japan for a win and we need good results. The climate here favoured me and I promise to do the same in Japan, said Syombua who will be competing in 4x400m.

She crossed the finish line in 51.72 ahead of Maximilla Imali (53:18) and Maurine Thomas’ 53:63.

In men’s category, Momanyi dominated the race, leading the KDF battalion to the podium. Momanyi clocked 46:56 ahead of Aron Koech (4:76) and Alex Sampao’s 48:88.

 In other results, Michael Musyoka and Priscillah Tambunda were the 110m hurdles and 100m hurdles winners in men and women races respectively.

Relays final results

800m

Women

  1. Eglay Nalianya-2:02.29
  2. Emily Cherotich- 2:04.25
  3. Jarinter Mawia- 2:05.52

Men

  1. Ferguson Rotich- 1:45.40
  2. Collins Kipruto-1:46.20
  3. Cornelius Tuwei- 1:46.45

200m men

  1. Mike Mokamba- 20:90
  2. Samuel Chege-21:02
  3. Dan Kiviasi- 21’08

Women

  1. Millicent Ndoro- 23:85
  2. Joan Cherono- 24:20
  3. Eunice Kadogo- 24:31

110m hurdles men

  1. Michael Musyoka- 14:14
  2. Rotich Kipkorir- 14:42
  3. Kiprono Koskei- 14:58

100m hurdles women

  1. Priscillah Tambunda- 14:47
  2. Jane Chege- 14:79
  3. Caroline Waiganjo-14:86

100m men

  1. Elijah Mathew- 10:65
  2. Stephen Baraza- 10:66
  3. Samuel Chege- 10:67

100m women

  1. Fresha Mwangi- 12:28
  2. Diana Chebet- 12:45
  3. Elizabeth Nekesa- 12:67

400m men

  1. Jared Momanyi- 46:56
  2. Aron Koech- 46:76
  3. Alex Sampao- 46:88

400m women

  1. Hellen Syombua- 51:72
  2. Maxilla Imali- 53:18
  3. Maureen Thomas- 53:63
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