•Kipkwony described his win as the perfect build up for the Senior African Athletics Championships
•He finished second in the same race at the AK national championship a fortnight ago
Newly-crowned Kip Keino Classic 10,000m champion Julius Kipkwony has set his focus on winning a medal at the Africa Senior Athletics Championships set for next month in Mauritius.
The Baringo-based runner clocked 28:28.34, ahead of Wesley Kimutai (28:32.09) and Abraham Longosiwa (28:35.01 ) in second and third respectively.
“This was a great race and a good build-up for the Africa championships, in which I am preparing to win gold,” Kipkwony, who was representing the Central Rift region, said.
Kipkwony, who finished second in the same race at the Athletics Kenya national championships a fortnight ago, is also hopeful about his chances of a ticket to the World Championships and Commonwealth Games.
“I'm so happy to have won the race. I had to run a calculative race. Winning today has given me more energy to go and work on my endurance and speed because the Africa Championships will be competitive,” Kipkwony, who trains at Torongo athletics camp, said.
He added: “It was a good way to prove that I can run well after finishing second at the national championships last week.”