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September 22, 2018

Manang’oi, Kiyeng rule Police show:Bett also shows rapid return to form after sub-50 display

Elijah Manangoi  winning the 800m race during National Police championships at Moi Stadium, Kasarani yesterday.
/ OLIVER MORGAN
Elijah Manangoi winning the 800m race during National Police championships at Moi Stadium, Kasarani yesterday. / OLIVER MORGAN
World and Commonwealth Games 1500m champion Elijah Manangoi showed class while winning the 800m title at the National Police championships at Moi Stadium, Kasarani yesterday.
Manangoi was in superb form as he cruised to victory in 1:45.20 ahead of Jeremiah Mutai (1:46.24) and Gideon Chepkonga (1:48.69).
Manangoi controlled the race from the start, running on the inside lane for the first lap. In the second lap, he stepped up a gear as he held off the fast finishing Mutai in the home straight.
Manangoi said he was using the event to build up his speed work for the upcoming Diamond League races and the Africa Senior Championships in Nigeria in August.
“It was a good race. I was able to get the speed in the final 50 metres and it will give me confidence for the Diamond League series and the African event,” said Manangoi.
Emily Cherotich took the honours in the women’s category after clocking a sluggish time of 2:01.13 with Eglay Nalianya second in 2:01.82 and Glorious Chechumba third in 2:08.44.
Robert Biwott stunned Collins Cheboi to wins the men’s 1,500m race after posting 3:42.1. Cheboi came home a close second in 3:42.5 with Gilbert Kwemoi third in 3:43.3.
Beatrice Chepkoech dominated the women’s race from gun to tape as she romped to victory in 4:07.69. Former World 800m champion Eunice Sum was second in 4:10.63 with Mary Kuria third in 4:14.38
Former world 3,000m steeplechase champion Hyving Kiyeng cruised to victory in the 5,000m race. Kiyeng ran a tactful race staying in the pack for majority of the race before going on to win in 15:47.00. Pascalia Jepkorir came home second in 15:49.29 with Edith Chelimo came third in 15.51.6.
In the men’s category Emmanuel Bett powered his way to victory by clocking 8:32.4 ahead of Wilberforce Kones (8:35.6) as Kenneth Kemboi came home third in (8:44.2).
Former world 400m hurdles champion Nicholas Bett showed he is back to form after winning his specialty in 49.50 ahead of Kiprono Kosgei (54.47) as Gilbert Koech (55.04).
Bett observed that he is back to the form that saw him win the world title in 2015 and said he will be running at the Diamond League races after the African championships. “I feel energetic and fit and want to run at the African championships against the best on the continent and win a medal for the country,” said Bett.
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