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January 16, 2019

Kenyans favoured: Chemutai leads Kenyan battalion in today’s Prague 10km race

Kenya’s Fancy Chemutai leads park during a past road run
Kenya’s Fancy Chemutai leads park during a past road run /reuters
Kenya’s Fancy Chemutai will be aiming to go one place better at today’s Prague 10km race.
The Kenyan clocked 30:06 last year to finish second behind World Half Marathon record holder, Joyceline Jepkosgei moving her to third on the world all-time list.
Chemutai went on to set a half marathon PB of 1:05:36 in Valencia and reduced that mark to 1:04:52— just a second shy of the world record—while winning the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon earlier this year. Chemutai only performance since then has been a comfortable 1:09:38 half marathon victory in Zwolle, Netherlands.
Meanwhile, Caroline Kipkirui has had a busy 2018 campaign. She finished third behind Chemutai at the Ras Al-Khaimah Half Marathon with a PB of 1:05:07 and placed second at the Prague Half Marathon two months later in 1:06:09 after crossing the 10km mark in a personal best of 30:28.
She then turned her attention to the track, clocking a world-leading PB of 8:29.05 to win the 3,000m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Doha. More recently, she convincingly won the Falmouth Road Race in the USA and then placed fourth in the 5,000m at the IAAF Diamond League final in Zurich 11 days later.
Dorcas Tuitoek’s name isn’t quite as familiar as her fellow Kenyans, but she heads to Prague off the back of strong victories in Paderborn and Oelde, clocking 31:00 and 31:26 respectively. The presence of compatriot Mary Munanu will make a Kenyan sweep of the podium even more likely. The 21-year-old has a PB of 31:20 and a best this year of 31:34.
In the men’s category defending champion Bernard Kimeli will be out to defend his crown. He was in Prague earlier this year for the half marathon, winning in a PB of 59:47. Compatriot Rhonex Kipruto, third in Prague last year in 27:13, improved on that mark in April with his 27:08 victory in New York, recording the fastest performance in the world at that distance in eight years. Since then, he won the 10,000m title at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere this year with a dominant run. Matthew Kimeli finished second to Kipruto in New York in 27:19, just eight seconds shy of the PB he set while finishing in the same position at last year’s Birell Grand Prix when he separated Bernard Kimeli and Kipruto.
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