Of their debuts, Daniel Ebenyo and Emmaculate Anyango gained the boys’s and ladies’s titles on the Sirikwa Traditional World Cross Nation Tour gold-level occasion this weekend, January third, at Lobo Village in Eldoret.
Ebenyo, the world 10,000m silver medallist, ran confidently as he remained calm contained in the main pack. Completely different runners, together with Benson Kiplangat, the 2021 U20 world champion; Robert Kiprop, the All-African Video games champion, and others, exchanged the lead in makes an attempt to push the tempo a little bit and make early breaks, however Ebenyo simply sat there behind whoever went to the entrance. He was shopping for his time.
With one lap to go, Ishmael Kipkurui, the reigning world U20 cross-country champion, made the transfer to interrupt away, and solely Ebenyo may sustain with him. At instances, the 2 ran shoulder to shoulder, creating an thrilling climax as followers anticipated an actual battle between the 2 within the closing levels. Nevertheless, Ebenyo proved the stronger of the 2 as he simply opened a big hole on his opponent with about 500m to go.
Ebenyo ran 29:16 to complete two seconds forward of Kipkurui. Weldon Kipkirui Langat got here in ten seconds later to finish the boys’s senior race podium.
Working on legs contemporary from breaking the ladies’s world document on January 14th in Spain, Anyango dominated the ladies’s race from the beginning. She broke away from the remainder of the sector throughout the first lap of the 2km loop and ran alone, some 200m forward all through the race.
Behind her was one other totally different race amongst among the world’s finest long-distance runners, together with Joyciline Jepkosgei, the 2019 New York and 2021 London Marathon champion, and Catherine Reline, the world’s Eighth-ranked highway runner and world highway operating bronze medalist.
As Anyango went forward to comfortably win the race in 32:55, Jepkosgei got here strongly from behind within the final lap to overhaul a number of runners earlier than getting some resistance from Reline as they battled for second place. Jepkosgei ultimately took second in 33:10 forward of Reline, who ran 33:18.
Within the U20 8km males’s race, there was a two-way battle between Mathew Kipkoech and Samuel Kibathi within the final kilometre. Kipkoech reigned supreme after operating 23:32 forward of Kibathi’s 23:37. Charles Rotich completed third in 23:40.
Mercy Chepkemboi gained the U20 6km girls’s race in 20:07 forward of Dianna Chepkemoi (20:10) and Sheila Jebet (20:12)
In one other high-profile race that was not a part of the World Tour program, world 800m silver medalist Emmanuel Wanyonyi and Purity Jepkirui gained the senior males’s and ladies’s 2K titles.
Abel Kipsang managed the primary levels of the boys’s race earlier than Wanyonyi overtook him within the first kilometer. In the long run, Kipsang pale behind Victor Kipkirui and Edwin Kiprono.
Within the girls’s race, Miriam Cherop, Evaline Chepkoech, and Winfred Mbithe adopted one another in that order behind Jepkirui.