Florence Kiplagat takes Kenya's only individual victory of the day (Getty Images) © Copyright
Kiplagat and Kiprop lead Kenyan squad for Nanning - IAAF / Sinopec World Half-Marathon Championships
Kiplagat, the 2009 World Cross Country champion, impressed in her debut over the 21.1 Km distance, clocking 1:07:40 in Lille on 4 September to find herself well inside the event€™s all-time top 20. The 23-year-old is also the national record holder in the 10,000m at 30:11.53.
Kiprop, who raced to the African 10,000m title in Nairobi in July, also made a strong debut over the distance in Lille, winning in 59:39.
The menâ€™s team also includes Moses Mosop, Sammy Kitwara, Silas Kipruto, Martin Mathathi and Titus Masai. Mosop, the 2005 World 10,000m bronze medallist, has clocked 59:20 this season with his March victory in Milano. Kitwara (59:34) and Kipruto (59:39) are also inside the season's top-five along with Mosop and Kiprop.
Backing up Kiplagat on the womenâ€™s squad is Peninah Arusei, who was second to Kiplagat in Lille with a 1:07:48 lifetime best. Agnes Kiprop, fifth at last yearâ€™s Boston Marathon, Flomena Cheyech, Sarah Chepchirchir and Pascalia Chepkorir, round out the womenâ€™s team.
Both teams will arrive in the southern Chinese city with four consecutive team victories.
Bob Ramsak for the IAAF
- Florence Kiplagat takes Kenya's only individual victory of the day (Getty Images) © Copyright
- Wilson Kiprop on his way to an unexpected win in Rovereto (Lorenzo Sampaolo) © Copyright