NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Timothy Cheruiyot who won the silver medal at the
London 2017 London World Championships will be the top
attraction in the men’s 10km race at the 2018 Kenya Prisons
Cross Country Championships in Nairobi.
corresponding senior women’s competition will be headlined by
Alice Aprot who won silver at the Kampala 2017 World Cross where
she will be coming in to defend her title.
In the men’s long race, Cheruiyot, who completed the Kenyan
1-2 in the 1500m final behind countryman Elijah Manangoi last
August, is the outstanding favorite having underlined his
credentials by winning the IAAF Cross Permit meeting in Europe
Cheruiyot and fellow Kenyan Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi took
top honours at the 41st Antrim International Cross Country in
Greenmount on Saturday, the first IAAF Cross Country Permit
meeting of 2018.
In a sprint for the line, Cheruiyot managed to just hold off
Mogos Tuemay of Ethiopia for the victory with both athletes
timed at 23:12 and with the rising middle distance track runner
keen on medalling at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Gold
On paper, Daegu 2011 Worlds silver winner, Silas Kiplagat, is
the rank contender but based on recent form, Wilfred Kimitei who
won the silver medal at the Durban 2016 African Championships
could be the man to beat at the Prisons cross meeting.
Other promising contenders for the medals in the 10km race
are Kibet Barng’etuny from Rift Valley, Cleophas Rop from
Western and former Africa Cross champion; John Mwangangi from
Mark Bett, who was in the 4x2000m Mixed Relay team that
delivered gold for Kenya at the Kampala World Cross, will
spearhead the same race at Saturday’s event.
In the women’s senior contest, Prisons titleholder Aprot will
line up for the start alongside Olympics 800m bronze medallist
and former world junior champion, Margaret Wambui Nyairera.
Gladys Kemboi, Caren Chepkoech and Euven Akoth are the other
potent challengers for the podium in the field.
Aprot who clocked 32:50 for victory last year before going to
Uganda and following Irene Cheptai across the line for World
Cross silver went on to finish fourth in the 10000m race at the
London 2017 Worlds.
Prisons Sports Public Relations Officer and Kenya sprints
head coach, Stephen Mwaniki, said only Prisons staff will take
part at the event.
"The categories were won by civilians last year but we have
locked them out this year to give our athletes a good chance to
give their best since we want a strong team for the nationals,"