Kenya Athletics Triumph In World Schools Cross Country

Team Kenya made a statement after an incredible performance at the World Schools Cross Country Championships by winning 17 of the 18 medals on offer at the Ngong Racecourse, Sunday afternoon.

Sheila Chepkosgei set the pace after clocking 3:53.2 to win the Under 12 girls’ 1.2km race. While Belinda Chepkorir, finished in second place after clocking 3:55.1.

“I finished fourth at the national trials for this competition and my aim coming here today was to take first place, and I’m glad it happened,” Chepkosgei said.

Ezron Kimurgor clocked in at 3:43.5 to clinch gold, with his compatriot, Benjamin Shikuku, taking silver after clocking 3:46.7.

“I had faith in my abilities because our coaches have trained us well in the lead-up to this competition. I am so happy to have won here today and this win encourages me to keep going in my athletics career,” Kimurgor said.

In the Under-15 category Kenya continued to dominate with strong performances from both the boys and girls respectively.

Jane Wangari clocked 7:40.8 to finish first, ahead of Faith Jeptum (7:42.1) and Claire Cheruto (7:43.2) in second and third respectively.

“It was something we had talked about the night before. We wanted to dominate the race and make the country proud,” Wangari said.

In the boy’s race, Peter Lomuryon timed 10:18.6 to earn gold, Benson Kirongos finished second in 10.22.5 and Dan Kibet came third in 10:33.5.

Last but not least saw the Under 18 category where Diana Chepkemoi and Phanuel Kipkosgei were the toast of the day.

Chepkemoi clocked 10:47.8, ahead of compatriots Mary Nyaboke (10:51.4) and Dorcus Chepkwemoi (10:53.4) in second and third respectively.

Phanuel Kipkosgei finally won his first-ever medal, clocking 14:39.8 to finish first in the boys’ category. Fellow Kenyans, Kevin Kiprop finished second in 14:43.6 and Nelson Simiren came third in 14:53.4.

The global competition was being held on African soil for the second time since 2000 in Marrakech, Morocco.

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