Written by Saka Richard and Leonard Wamalwa
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Kenyatta stadium in Kitale town was a beehive of activities after hundreds of athletes turned up in large numbers to participate in the National Bank of Kenya competition.
Among the seasoned athletics included Janet Jepkosgey the world 800m bronze medalist, Asbel Kiprop Olympics 1500M champion, Sudan’s Osman Yaha, Benjamin Kiplagat of Uganda and his countryman Moses Kipsiro who won the commonwealth games 5000m and 10,000m among others.
During the event which was the fourth annual National Bank and athletics Kenya track and field meeting there were surprise winners and major upsets.
Asbel Kiprop was denied a win in the 1500 meters after succumbing to an injury after being tripped when he was participating in the 800 meters men final race.
Evans Kosgei emerged winner in the 800m men’s race after cloaking 1:48.4followed by Alex Kibet who cloaked1:49.0 while Andrew Kiptoo came third with 1:49.3 seconds later.
Nicholas Kipchumba came forth with 1:49.9 with Elijah Kipchirchir closing the top five with 1:50.4.
On the women’s side in the 800m race the first position was taken by Lydia Wafula cloaking 2:034 followed by Faith Cheruto 2:12.0seconds while Beatrice Chepkoech 2:14.6 seconds took the third position closely followed by Hilda Muneria 2:27.2
In the 15000m women results, Eunice Sum 4:14.3 emerged position one, Janet Kisa 4:15.7, Winnie Chebet 4:16.0, Pamela Lisoreng 4:17,7, Faridah Chelang’a 4;19.6, and Janet Jepkosgei 4:19.9 followed respectively.
In the men category 15000m Elkana Yego 3:43.2 beat Vincent Kibet 3:44.0 by a margin of a minute two seconds to emerge the winner.
Mike too 3:44.7 was position three while Jake Robertson 3:45.1took position four.
Gilbert Kipsang 3:46.0 was position five while Abednego Chesebe 3:47.4 closed the six best in that category.
3000m steeplechase men it took Silus Kitur 8:43.3 to emerge the winner while Clement Kemboi 8:44.25 was second followed by Laurence Kemboi 8:52.7.
Timothy Torotich 8:54.0 was fourth while Patrick Chukor 8:55.3 took the fifth position with Hillary Kemboi 9:02.3 closing the six best.
For the women 3000m steeplechase Phanencier Jemutai 10:11.2 took position one closely followed by Irvine Kiyang 10:25.0.
Third was Lucy Kameme 10.51.11 with Sudha Singh 10.04.3 of Indian origin taking position four while Mary Maiyo 11.00 was fifth best.
5000m men crown was taken by Duncan Kipchirchir 13:52.9 with Hosea Machanaying 13:59.17 taking position two with a margin 5 seconds.
Bethwell Birgen 14:01.0 was third while Jairus Kipchoge 14:01.4 took fourth position.
Mosses Kpsiro 14.02.2 from Uganda took position five with Thomas Ayeko 14:03.1comming in on the sixth position.
And to women 5000m the queen of the day was Lydia Rotich with 16:01.0 closely followed by Magdalene Masai 16:04.2.
Phanencier Jemutai 16:06.1 was third while Helen Obiri 16:15.1 was fourth. Lina Chemto 16:25.8 fifth and Gladys Chemwono 16:34.9 finished the sixth best.
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