Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Finish line too far for Linet, again

Linet Masai failed to break the duck in her third attempt at gold as a senior athlete at the World Cross Country championship in Punta Umbria, Spain.

But, at 21, she has a whole career in front of her – unlike the winner in senior women’s race on Sunday, Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot.

The two will be separated in the track season, Masai going to defend her 10,000 metres title and Cheruiyot the 5,000m one at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, in September.

Prior to Cheruiyot, Masai had suffered defeats to compatriots Florence Kiplagat in Amman, Jordan, in 2009 and Emily Chebet in Bydgoszcz, Poland, last year.