BEATRICE Wanjiku clocked 36:06.6 minutesto win the women’s 10,000m crown during the first Athletics Kenya track and field meeting at Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology in Nakuru yesterday.
Wanjiku, who trains at Ngong, beat Maryanne Wangare of Ndakaini to second place in 36:32.6. Kericho’s Hellen Ngeno was fourth timed at 36:37.3 while Josephine Wanjiku (37:20.2) completed the top four places.
In an interview, an elated Wanjiku said she work on her finish kick as the clock ticks towards the Commonwealth Games. “It was a wet morning after the overnight rains and every competitor seemed to be at her best but I thank God I won the race. I’ll keep on training and I want to be in good form to compete in all track meetings,” said Wanjiku. Mary Mwaniki clocked 37:28.4 to finish fifth while Joska Obare wrapped up the top six places in 37:49.6.
In the women’s 1,500m event, Ann Karindi (Nyahururu) won heat two in 4:22.8 and was the fastest of the two-heats held in the three and a half laps race.
Mathew Kiptanui won the first men’s heat in 3:48.2 with former world cross country champion Joseph Ebuya from Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) finishing a poor sixth position in the same heat. After Nakuru, the runners head to Bondo on March 28-29, Kisii (April 11-12), Mumias (May 2-3) and Nairobi (May 9-10).