Moses Masai winning the senior men's 12km - 14th edition of the annual Discovery cross country (David Macharia) © Copyright
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Masai and Ochichi are dominant - Discovery Cross and Kenyan Police Cross

African Junior 5000m and 10,000m champion, Moses Masai took a comfortable victory in the Discovery Cross Country on Sunday (29) in Eldoret, Kenya, while Olympic Games women’s 5000m silver medallist Isabella Ochichi was also an easy winner on Saturday (28) at the Kenya Police Cross Country Championships in Nairobi.

Discovery

Moses Masai beat a strong field to win the men’s 12km race at the 14th Nike Discovery Kenya Cross Country meeting in Eldoret on Sunday.

Masai, 19, clocked 37:36 to win the race held at the Eldoret Sports Club. Masai stepped into the lead after the first half of the race and held on to the finish. A group of athletes, who included Simon Kiprop, Robert Cheruiyot, the former Boston Marathon champion, and Wilson Chebet, tried to catch-up after failing to react when Masai, who was seventh in the junior race at last year's World Cross Country Championships, finally unleashed the 'killer' kick which saw him win the race.

Kiprop finished second in 37:49 and Chebet was third in 38:01, ahead of Paul Langat who was fourth in 38:08. Cheruiyot finished in fifth place in 38:20. Other big names included Ernest Meli, who finished eighth in 38:40.

Gladys Chemweno took the honours in the junior women's 6km race with a time of 21:37. She was followed home in the second place by Pauline Korkwang (22:07) with Pamela Lisoreng third in 22:14. Jebichi Yator (23:14) and Sheila Chepkurui (23:23) were fourth and fifth respectively.

Kenya Police

World Cross Country women's short course bronze medallist Isabella Ochichi, easily won the senior women's race at the Kenya Police Cross Country Championships in Nairobi on Saturday (28).

Ochichi was timed in 29:29. Sarah Kebaso, clocked 30:31 for second, and Miriam Wangare was third in 30:46.

Omulo Okoth for the IAAF


Leading results:


14th Nike Discovery Kenya Cross Country meeting

MEN:

4km Under-14
1. Josephat Kemboi 13:34
2. Jonathan Kipchirchir 13:42
3. Mike Njuguna 13:50
4. Raymond Choge 13:50
5. Isaac Maiyo 13:50
6. Kenneth Kibet 13:51

8km Junior:
1. Joseph Ebuya 25:34
2. Thomas Longoriosiwa 25:55
3. Bernard Kiplagat 25:57
4. Dickson Kimutai 26:09
5. Michael Kiprop 26:12
6. Abraham Rotich 26:20

12km:
1. Moses Masai 37:36
2. Simon Kiprop 37:49
3. Wilson Chebet 38:01
4. Paul Langat 38:08
5. Robert Cheruiyot 38:20
6. Kiprono Menjo 38:33

WOMEN:

3km Under-14 years:
1. Rebecca Chesire 10:34
2. Caroline Chelagat 10:42
3. Ihyren Kiyeng 10:46
4. Imaculate Chebet 10:50
5. Betty Chepnkwong 10:55
6. Maureen Kiprono 10:58

6km:
1. Gladys Chemweno 21:37
2. Pauline Korkwang 22:07
3. Pamela Lisoreng 22:14
4. Jebichi Yator 23:14
5. Sheila Chepkurui 23:23
6. Sharon Kipsang 23:35

8km:
1. Priscah Jepleting 28:49
2. Ednah Kiplagat 29:01
3. Doris Changeywo 29:21
4. Irene Kwambai 29:35
5. Sharon Jerop 30:07
6. Esther Tuwei 30:12


Kenya Police Cross Country Championships

MEN:

12km
1. Kipyego Kirui 38:07
2. Paul Kimugu 38:11
3. John Komen 38:31
4. Wilson Kipsang' 38:31
5. Geoffrey Siele 38:57
6. Gilbert Okari 39:00

4km
1. Richard Matelong 12:24
2. Samuel Macharia 12:27
3. Julius Nyamu 12:32
4. Joseph Lamora 12:36
5. Paul Meli 12:38

WOMEN:

8km
1. Isabella Ochichi 29:29
2. Sarah Kebaso 30:31
3. Miriam Wangare 30:46
4. Jesica Obare 31:20
5. Gladys Asiba 31:46

4km
1. Esther Maina 15:33
2. Lydia Chepkurui 17:55
3. Gladys Maina 18:06
4. Catherine Kagwina 21:18