Habari Za Wiki- 25 January, 2022

A wrap of Kenya’s Cross Country Championships

Pamela Kosgei
Pamela Kosgei crossing the finish line during the Under-18 girls 5km at Lobo Village, Kapseret in Eldoret. Image credits: Jared Nyataya | Nation Media Group

Pamela Kosgei, younger sister to Brigid Kosgei triumphs, Samuel Chebolei and Joyce Chepkemoi emerge national winners. Agnes Tirop’s Memorial World Cross Country Tour is fast approaching. 

Pamel Kosgei, was the national U-18 cross country championships winner at Lobo village this past weekend. Kosgei is also  the younger sister to world marathon record holder and olympic silver medalist Brigid Kosgei. Having finished 11th last year, Kosgei prevailed to finish this year’s 5K event in a time of 18 minutes and 19.4 seconds ahead of North Rift’s Maureen Jepkoech who clocked 18:34.6.

Here is a brief of the race results:

  1. Pamela Kosgei (North Rift) 18:19.4
  1. Maureen Jepkoech (North Rift) 18:34.6
  1. Evaline Chepkoech (South Rift) 18:43.2
  1. Dorcas Chepkemoi (Nairobi) 18:47.9
  1. Anne Naipera (Central) 18:48.6

Samuel Chebolei and Joyce Chepkemoi triumphed at this weekend’s championships. Having clocked a time of 29:28.9, Samuel, who made a transition to the seniors category was also last year’s under 20 title winner.Joyce Chepkemoi minted every opportunity to shine in an area previously dominated by 5000m Olympic silver medalist Hellen Obiri. Chepkemoi clocked her victory in a time of 34:00:00

Men’s results summary:

  1. Samuel Chebolei 29:28.9 
  2. Kennedy Kiprop 29:35.2 
  3. Vincent Kiprotich 30:02.6
  4. Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli 30:08.5
  5. Edward Zakayo 30:13.3

Women’s results summary:

  1. Joyce Chepkemoi 34:00:00
  2. Margaret Chelimo 34:01.8 
  3. Celliphine Chespol 34:23.3.
  4. Faith Cherono 34:27.5
  5. Sandrafelis Chebet 34:29.5

Agnes Tirop’s Memorial World Cross Country Tour

Agnes Tirop
Agnes Tirop celebrates after finishing second in the women's 3000m -Diamond Laegue, Doha. Image rights: REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari

Launched in the first week of this year, Agnes Tirop’s memorial tour happens in a fortnight. The event is set to take place on the 12 of February at the same location - Lobo village, where the cross-country championships were held this past Saturday.

While the elite field selection process is still underway, some of the popular names to grace the event include three-time world cross-country champion Geoffrey Kamworor and Ethiopia's Letesenbet Gidey.

Kenya mourns legendary Olympic silver medalist: Benjamin Kogo


Benjamin Kogo tribute


World athletics paid tribute to the 1968 olympic silver medalist: Benjamin Kogo

Born in Arwos village in Nandi county, Benjamin, died aged 77. He was also Kenya’s first ever athlete to race the Olympics during the Tokyo games in 1964.

Other achievements from Benjamin Kogo:|

  • Gold medalist at the launch of Africa games in 1965.
  • Won bronze at the 1966 Commonwealth Games.