Wanyonyi and Jepkirui shine in 2km at Sirikwa Classic

World 800m silver medalist Emmanuel Wanyonyi and Purity Jepkirui won the 2km loop that was used to select the African Cross Country relay team during the Sirikwa Cross Country.

Wanyonyi, a former world under 20 800m champion said: “I am happy with my performance. I’m yet to know which race I will start with a win.”

Wanyonyi won the title in 5:41.2 ahead of Victor Kipkirui (5:42.1) and Edwin Kiprono (95:45.9).

Langat observed: “I am motivated by today’s performance. It tells me I can do well in the 800m.”

Jepkirui, who is returning from an injury, is happy to have run a trouble-free race.

“I was testing myself as I start the season on my first year in the senior ranks,” said Jepkirui, who won the title in 6:29.6 ahead of Miriam Cherop in 6:39.3 and Eveline Chepkoech in 6:47.1. 

Cherop is happy with how her body responded, giving her a good start for the season with focus on the African Games in Accra, Ghana in March and the Paris Olympics games in July-August.

Chepkoech, who woke up at 2 am to make it in time for the event, was elated with how the race went

Selected results

2Km loop women

1. Purity Jepkirui 6:29.6

2. Miriam Cherop 6:39.3

3. Evalyn Cheekoech 6:47.1

4. Winfred Mbithe 6:48.8

5. Millicent Kemboi 6:52.1

6. Winnie Chebet 6:55.3

2Km loop men

1. Emmanuel Wanyonyi 5:41.2

2. Victor kipkirui 5:42.1

3. edwin Kiprono 5:45.9

4. Abel Kipsang 5:47.4

5. Newton kipkirui 5:48.0

6. Tamar Ethian 5:48.6

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