NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Excitement and sorrow griped
athletes as Kenya named 30 runners for the Africa Cross
Country Championships in Chelf, Algeria on March 17.
10,000m champion Alice Aprot was the main causality to
fail to make the team while World Cross Country champion
Geoffrey Kamworor and Stacy Ndiwa were triumphant in the
national cross country championships held in Nairobi.
“I had high
hopes, but I must take these results with a lot of
pain,” said Aprot, who finished eighth in a tough senior
women’s race and out of contention for a slot in Kenya
bounce back. For now I must focus on training hard and
focus on the Commonwealth Games in April,” she added.
there will be no slot for Kamworor in the Kenya team, as
he is preparing for the World Half Marathon, which will
be held in Valencia, Spain on March 24.
retained his national title in the men’s 10km race
clocking 28:32, ahead of Alfred Barkach (28:42) and
Michael Ndirangu (28:49).
(28:53) was fourth while John Chepkwony (28:53) and
Joseph Bett (28:58) followed suit to claim the sixth
places to the Africa cross country event.
senior women’s race, Ndiwa triumphed in 32:15 beating
closest rival Sandrafelis Chebet (32:17) and Celiphine
Chelimo clocked 32:30.3 to finish ahead of Perin
Nengampi (32:43) and Rosemary Njeri (32:51).
“I have to
improve on my finishing kick before going to Algeria,
because the gap with Ethiopians will be narrow and I
need to work on my speed,” said Ndiwa.
will pitch camp in Embu for three weeks before heading
out to Chelf.