Monday, January 24, 2011

Chepkurui Takes Armed Forces Cross Country Title, Eyes Big Goals

Lineth Chepkurui rolled up another strong cross country run on Saturday in Nanyuki, Kenya, winning the Kenyan Armed Forces Championships.  An IAAF report via Mutwiri Mutuota detailed the late stages of the race:

At 6km, the trio had put daylight between them and pretenders and when the rush for victory was signalled [sic], Chenonge, then Cherop, again Chenonge, then the challenger took turns to head the queue for honours.

All the while, Chepkurui waited her time, just a stride behind the pair. Cherop burned out with 500m to go leaving Chenonge ahead, as the Bydgoszcz fourth placer patiently trailed her.

With 100m to go, Chepkurui eased past Chenonge with a mini-burst of pace and had the time to ease off for a comfortable 27:18.3 victory.

The title was a repeat of her Armed Forces win in 2009. As after her victory in Iten, two weeks prior, Chepkurui identified some big-time goals that she will be pursuing in the coming year:

“I know I’m due a World Cross title. Last year, poor tactics cost me a medal but that will not happen this time. I love cross country running as my build-up and after the World Cross, I’m aiming at seeking the 10km World record and continue featuring in half marathons,” Chepkurui said.

We look forward to tracking Lineth’s progress toward those ends. The IAAF World Cross Country Championships will be contested March 20th in Punta Umbria, Spain.  But first, Chepkurui will have to earn her spot on the Kenya team at the National Championships on February 19th.

Photo courtesy Markus Roessel.

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