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Sunday, 26 Mar 2017 19:43 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
It was history in the making for Kenya in Kampala on Sunday when the senior women team made a clean sweep in the IAAF 10km World Cross Country championships at Kololo Grounds in Kampala.
National Cross Country champion Irene Cheptai emerged winner when she breasted the tape in 31.57 minutes, followed by Alice Aprot (32.010 and Lilian Kasait (32.11). Kenya also won the top six position with Kiyeng Chepkemoi, Agnes Tirop and Faith Kipyegon finishing in that order to take the team title.
The Kenyan women's exploit in the event watched by President Yoweri Museveni saw Kenyan anthem sang three times after collecting the team title from Ethiopia who won it in 2015 in Guiyan, China.
In the men's senior category Kenya's Geoffrey Kamworor successfully defended his World Senior men's title he won in China in 2015 turning in a time of 28.24 minutes. Leonard Barsoton gave Kenya silver in 28.34 minutes with the Bronze going to Ethiopia's Abadi Hadis in 28.43.
Ethiopia took the senior men's team gold. Kenya settled for silver with hosts Uganda winning the bronze medal. Jacob Kiplimo, 16, became the first Ugandan to win a gold medal at the World Cross Country Championships.
The teenage athlete sent the home crowd into wild celebrations at the end of the U20 men's race when he broke the finish line with a time of 22.40 minutes to secure gold at Kololo grounds in Kampala.
Ethiopia's Amdework Walelegn took silver while Kenya's Richard Kimunyan settled for bronze. Defending champion Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia won gold in the U20 women with a time of 18.34 minutes. Ethiopia won the U20 team title with Kenya finishing second and Uganda third.
It was the 42nd edition of the biennial championships with Uganda hosting it for the first time. Africa has hosted the event five times with Kenya hosting it in 2007. Kenya has dominated the events with John Ngugi and Paul Tergat winning the senior men event five times each.