JELIMO out, JEPKOSGEI, RUDISHA, MATELONG wins at Kenyan Championships

REPORT - KENYA ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS/AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS TRIALS, NAIROBI (KENYA, June 24-26)

World champion Vivian Cheruiyot won the 5000m on Saturday at Kenyan National Championships at Nyayo Stadium. But Olympic 800m champion Pamela Jelimo will not defend her Africa title after pulling out of the final of 800m.

Her rival and 2007 world champion Janet Jepkosgei was the best in 1:58.95. Former world junior champion Winnie Chebet took the second automatic slot in 2:00.88. The men’s champion over the same distance David Rudisha and Richard Mateelong (steeple) moved a step closer to defending their titles with victory in their respective races.

Rudisha won with a fast time of 1:44.23 to beat World and Olympic bronze medallist Alfred Kirwa Yego to second in 1:45.50 while Jackson Kivuva of the Armed Forces was third in 1:45.75.

“I eye to challenge Wilson Kipketer’s record one day. But I am happy to have made the Kenya team today and now I will head to Europe to run two races and hope to improve on my personal best,” he told The Nation Newspapers.

With World champion Ezekiel Kemboi having pulled out after his leg was accidently hit by a hammer and Olympic Champion Brimin Kipruto giving the event a bye to focus on the Commonwealth games, Mateelong was virtually unchallenged in 8:15.69.

Second Jonathan Ndiku achieved 8:19.25 to beat the 2002 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Abraham Cherono to third in 8:21.15. Asbel Kiprop won the 1500m.

In the men's 1500m, Asbel Kiprop posted an excellent 3:33.69, despite being at altitude, ahead of Silas Kiplagat (3:34.28), Nicholas Kemboi (3:37.22) and Vickson Polonet (3:38.14) respectively.

Vincent Yator won the 5000m in 13:35.01 ahead of Edwin Soi (13:35.09). But the most impressive concerning the altitude was the 10,000 m with fastest time ever here by Wilson Kiprop 27:26.93 ahead of Geoffrey Mutai 27:27.59, Matthew Kisorio 27:28.13, Titus Mbishei 27:29.13 and Jacob Cheshari as top five 27:32.43.

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