Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Kenyans win half the medal haul

Six gold medals – three individual and three team titles – are on the plane home after Kenya on Sunday dominated the proceedings in the 39th edition of the World Cross Country Championship here.

Kenya also won the overall team title with 15 points ahead of Ethiopia (29) and United States of America (57).

Vivian Cheruiyot, Geoffrey Kipsang and Faith Chepngetich won in the senior women’s, junior men’s and junior women’s races as Imana Marga won the gold for Ethiopia in the senior men’s 12km race in 33 minutes 50 seconds, ahead of Kenya’s Paul Kipngetich Tanui (33:52).

Having won all the gold medals in Poland last year, Kenya saw the senior men’s individual title and junior women’s team title slip through their fingers – but not without putting up a gallant fight.