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November 16, 2018

Bett, Ndiwa chalk up victories at Police championships

Stacy Ndiwa during a past Athletics Commonwealth  trials at Kasarani Stadium  
Stacy Ndiwa during a past Athletics Commonwealth trials at Kasarani Stadium / ENOS TECHE
Former World junior 10,000m champion Josphat Bett romped to victory in the 5000m race on day one of the National Police Service athletics championships at Moi Stadium, Kasarani yesterday.
Bett ran a brilliant race to clock 13:45.9 with Kipsang Temoi coming home second in 13:47.0 as Cleophas Ngetich finished third in 13:48.0 ahead of Henry Chirchir (13:50.3).
The race served to pick the 10,000m runners to represent the Service at the national trials set for June 21-23.
They opined that the two championships were so close and would have had adverse effects on the runners at the national championships, which will serve as the trials to the 2018 Africa Senior Championships in Nigeria in August.
Stacy Ndiwa won the women’s category by registering 16:20.1 with Lydia Rotich finishing second in 16:25.1. Sylvia Kibet was third in 16:31.2 ahead of Daisy Langat (16:34.5) and Pauline Njeri (16:35.5).
In the men’s 1500, Nixon Chepseba won his heat by posting 3:51.6 with Collins Cheboi winning his in 3:47.4.
Sprinting sensation, Maxilla Imali, former national champion Millicent Ndoro and Fresha Mwangi qualified for today’s 100m finals. Imali won her heat in 11.1 seconds while Ndoro clocked 11:8 seconds to win the other.  
Former world 400m hurdles champion, Nicholas Bett, who has registered dismal performances in the past two seasons, easily won his heat after clocking 52.0 while Kiprono Kosgei won the other heat in 52.4 second.
“My confidence is coming back slowly and soon I will hit the top again. I hope to run well at the national trials and make the continental championships’ team,” said Bett.
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