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October 17, 2018

Nkaiwatei clinches rare hat-trick at college championships

Stephen Nkaiwatei after winning the 5,000m title yesterday./COURTESY
Stephen Nkaiwatei after winning the 5,000m title yesterday./COURTESY
Stephen Nkaiwatei secured a rare hattrick after clinching the 5,000m and 1,500m titles at the ongoing inter-colleges championships in Tambach yesterday.
Nkwaitei had earlier on Tuesday romped to victory in the 3,000m steeplechase race.
Nkaiwatei of Kigari Teachers Training College, Eastern region clocked 15:03.7 to outshine Wycliffe Kupar of Eregi TTC (Western) who clocked 15:05.5 and Mailu Nyamai of Ktui TTC, who recorded 15:29.0.
Sammy Cheptobot, Stephen Mogoi and Kioko Malika took the fourth, fifth and sixth positions after clocking 15:39.3, 15:57.2 and 16:13.6 respectively.
Nkaiwatei had earlier in the day won the 1500m title in 4:02.3, defeating his Mosoriot and Kaimosi rivals Joash Kipyego (4:08.2) and Naeku Kalool (4:08.5).
He said the Kerio Valley races were competitive and believes they will prepare him for bigger challenges after college.
“My challenge has been juggling between studies and training. My goal is to compete with the top runners in the country in the 1500m including Elijah Manangoi as I plan to as I plan to slowly scale up the distances to 10,000m. I am also hoping to win the 10,000m title tomorrow (today),” the 23-year-old second year college student said.
Despite his exploits, Nkaiwatei could not break Egoji TTC’s Ferdinand Sang’s 3:58.9 record set in Thogoto, Nairobi region last year.
Emmy Chemutai of Mosoriot (Rift Valley region) added the 1500m title to the 10000m trophy he had scooped on Tuesday morning after clocking 5:03.4. She, however, failed in her attempt to break Sylvia Kibwalei colleges record of 4:57.6 set at last year’s championships. Dorine Chepkemboi of Meru TTC (Eastern) and Joyce Limo of Thogoto TTC (Nairobi) were second and third in respective times of 5:16.9 and 5:19.4.
Chemutai said she hopes to get professional coaching and compete in national and international races as soon she completes her studies later in the year.
Rift Valley colleges dominated the 3,000m steeplechase, scooping position one and two.
Lucy Jepkurui of Mosoriot TTC crossed the line in 12:03.8 ahead of Fancy Chesang of Tambach TTC (12:13.6) and Teresa Koech of Lugari TTC (Western Region) (12:54.4).
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