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September 22, 2017

Kiyeng upstaged

Lilian Kasait,Jackline Cherotich and Ivyn Kyeng in Women 5000M finals. /ENOS TECHE
Lilian Kasait,Jackline Cherotich and Ivyn Kyeng in Women 5000M finals. /ENOS TECHE
World 3000m steeplechase champion Hyvin Kiyeng lost to rising star Lilian Kasait in the women’s 5,000 race yesterday at Kenya Police athletics Championships at Nyayo Stadium.
Kasait, a former world youth champion in 3000m, clocked 15:36.30 to beat Kiyeng to second place in 15:51.1. Jackline Cherotich completed the podium in 16:03.5 while Pauline Mutua clocked 16:16.7 to place fourth. In cold windy conditions, Kasait ran tactful race as she trailed Sheila Chesang and Beth Ndungu in the opening three laps of the race.
Cherotich was to soon to join them in the fourth lap closely followed by Kiyeng with Kasait in fourth place. By the start of the fifth lap, Margaret Wangari joined the fray as the quartet broke away from the rest in a single file.
Kasait then engaged top gear at the start of the sixth lap with Kiyeng hot on her heels—keeping tabs until the seventh lap when Kasait increased the tempo of the race. Kiyeng failed to respond to the blistering front foot running of Kasait and the former world youth champion romped home to victory, leaving her rivals trailing in her wake.
Kasait said she was testing her fitness and form ahead of the national championships and she will be eyeing a slot in Team Kenya for the World Championships in London.
“The race was good and the conditions were perfect. I am confident I can be part of Team Kenya to the World Championships in London,” she added.
Kiyeng said she was contented with second place and will be seeking to make amends in her selected Diamond League races and the trials next month. “I will be choosing my races carefully and today I did not want to strain myself. I am saving my best form for the national trials and world championships,” she added.
World 1,500 silver medallist Elijah Manangoi clocked 1:44.8 to win the 800m. Justus Kipkoech placed second in 1:45.0 while Job Kinyor third in 1:454.2 ahead of fourth-placed Timothy Sein timed at 1:45.4.
Manangoi said he is happy with his form as he eyes more Diamond League races and the national trials next month. “I’m happy with my speed and I expect stiff competitive at the Diamond League. I need to prepare adequately for the trials next month,” he added. Vincent Yator topped the men’s 5,000m after posting 13:50.0. James Kibet was second in 13:51.0 while Josephat Boit placed third in 13:55.5.
Collins Cheboi edged Abednego Chesebe to win the men’s 1,500m race. Cheboi clocked 3:36.8 with Chesebe second in 3:36.9 and George Manangoi third in 3:40.5.
Fresh from winning the women’s 3000m steeplechase yesterday, Beatrice Chepkoech cruised to victory in the 1,500m in 4:06.5. Winfred Mbithe clocked 4:10.0 to finish second while Margaret Jelimo third in 4:10.8.
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