In the absence of elite athletes, road racer Bernard Kipyego triumphed in the men’s 10,000 metres final on the first day of the Kenya Police Athletics Championship at the Nyayo National Stadium Friday.
Kipyego’s return to the track, however, was only meant to secure points for his Nyanza Province team as he is focusing on running at the Chicago Marathon in October.
“I want to gauge my speed and performance in a competitive meeting. I have no intentions of running at the World Championships (on the track),” he said.
Kipyego looked relaxed as he took the command of the race after just three laps and went through the race as if in rehearsal of a major marathon.
He clocked 28:35.1, which was slower than what most of the fringe athletes were targeting, 27:40.00, to qualify for the World Championships.
Philemon Rono, representing Vigilance House, the Police headquarters, was second in 28:35.4 ahead of Wilson Kipsang 28:36.2 and Joseph Kiptum 28:36.4.