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Ivuti leads Kenyan cross country team to Ostend

Ivuti leads Kenyan cross country team to Ostend

13 March 2001 – Nairobi - Patrick Ivuti, the World cross country silver medallist two years ago, will lead Kenya's team to this year's championships in Belgium on March 24-25.

The absence of five-time world cross country champion Paul Tergat makes Ivuti the man to take the mantle.

Ivuti, who has been suffering a bout of malaria, was one of 36 athletes named on Tuesday by the Kenya Amateur Athletic Association (KAAA) for the event.

Ivuti finished 30th during the trials in Nairobi in February due to Malaria, but the KAAA selectors picked him to replace Tergat.

Other athletes included for the men's 12-kilometre race include Charles Kamathi, John Korir and Paul Kosgei.

"All these athletes are capable of winning back the men's senior title in Belgium," head coach Dan Muchoki told AFP from the team's training camp at Kaptagat in Western Kenya.

Helen Kimaiyo, a highly ranked Kenyan marathon performer, is the surprise inclusion in the women's eight-kilometre senior race.


12-km senior race: Patrick Ivuti, Paul Kosgei, Charles Kamathi, John Korir, Enock Mitei, Richard Limo.
8-km junior race: Kiplimo Muneria, Nicholas Kemboi, Lebo Chirchir, Wilson Cherar, Edwin Koech, Barnabas Kiplagat.
4-km short course race: John Kibowen, Benjamin Limo, Sammy Kipketer, Enock Koech, Albert Chepkurui, Silas Kataloni.

8-km senior race: Lydia Cheromei, Susan Chepkemei, Pamela Chepchumba, Sally Barsosio, Helen Kimaiyo, Leah Malot.
4-km senior race: Rose Cheruiyot, Irene Masai, Salome Chepchumba, Naomi Mugo, Margaret Ngotho, Gladys Kwambai.
4-km junior race: Vivian Cheruiyot, Alice Timbilil, Jelagat Kibiwot, Penina Chepchumba, Frida Ywalereng, Sally Chebiego.