06 DEC 2008 General News

Loritam and Kiprop take Baringo road race titles

Vincent Loritam (255) leads William Chebon in the final stages of the fourth edition of the Baringo Half Marathon (David Macharia)Vincent Loritam (255) leads William Chebon in the final stages of the fourth edition of the Baringo Half Marathon (David Macharia) © Copyright

Baringo, Kenya25yearold Vincent Loritam from Tegla Lorupe’s stable in West Pokot district is the new Baringo Half-Marathon champion after emerging the strongest during the fourth edition held today (6 Dec).

Loritam had to wait until the last five kilometres to make a strong attack that enabled him to wither a daring challenge from home boy William Chebon. Loritam, who hopes to make a return to the international scene since being away from 2006, clocked 1:02:06.4 to beat Chebon by 17 seconds.

The race, that was flagged off at Kabarntanjo by one of the Baringo members of Parliament Mr Sammy Mwaita and who was flanked by the founder of the event Paul Tergat, saw a group of 10 athletes who ended up taking the top positions battle for 15 kilometres with Chebon controlling the pace.

Chebon appeared to gain over the rest briefly soon after crossing the 15km mark but Loritam made a strong attack that scattered the group and by 20km it had been reduced to the a battle between the winner and the runner-up.

The women's 15km event was won by international marathoner Agnes Kiprop in 50:55 ahead of Joan Ayabei (52:13) and Diana Chepkemoi (53:26).

An upcoming athlete Ruth Matebo continued with her exploits by finishing sixth in 53:45. She was third in this year’s Tegla Loroupe Peace Race and eighth at last week’s Wareng Tuskys Cross Country held in Eldoret.

David Macharia (Daily Nation) for the IAAF

Leading Results -

MEN (21.1 km) -

 1. Vincent Loritam   62:06.4
 2. William Chebon    62:23.2
 3. Cosmas Kigen      62:34.5
 4. David Kemboi      62:38.7
 5. James Taiget      62:45.4
 6. Eric Ndiema       63:00.2
 7. Vincent Cheruiyot 63:07.2
 8. Nixon Kiprono     63:10.8
 9. Justus Mukere     63:10.9
10. Daniel Koech      63:23.4

WOMEN (15 km) -
 1. Agnes Kiprop       50:55
 2. Joan Ayabei        52:13
 3. Diana Chepkemoi    53:26
 4. Caroline Komen     53:28
 5. Loice Kangogo      53:33
 6. Ruth Matebo        53:45
 7. Irene Cherotich    53:52
 8. Rebecca Talam      54:01
 9. Peninah Cheruiyot  54:20
10. Gladys Chebet      54:27