World’s 5,000m Champion Obiri shines at Eldoret National X-coutry

Hellen Obiri crosses the finish line to win the senior women’s 10km race in the Lotto/Athletics Kenya National Cross Country Championships at Eldoret Sports Club on February 23, 2019. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

World 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri has won the National Cross Country Championships women’s 10km title at the Eldoret Sports Club in Eldoret on Saturday.

South Rift’s Beatrice Mutai was second while World 3,000m steeplechase record holder Beatrice Chepkoech finished third.

Athletes clear obstacles during the senior women 10km race in the Lotto/Athletics Kenya National Cross Country Championships at Eldoret Sports Club on February 23, 2019. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Obiri won in 33:14.9 while Mutai clocked 33:24.3 before Chepkoech sealed the podium places in 33:54.7.

“I really trained hard for the race and I will be going to work hard on the remaining part of training so that I can go for the only title that I’m missing,” Obiri said.

Obiri will be eyeing to win the title in the World Cross Country Championships next month in Denmark.

Mutai said that she knew the field would competitive, that’s why she decided to run from the front.

“I’m happy I managed to get a slot in Team Kenya for the global event,” said Mutai.

Chepkoech said that she was happy to make the senior team being her first time to participate in 10km.

“I have never participated in the 10km cross country and I’m happy with my performance today. I will be working hard in the remaining days to sharpen my skills,” said Chepkoech.

The selected team will be heading to Aarhus in Denmark for World Cross Country Championships on March 30.

 

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