She has been a force to recon with on the American road racing circuit.
At the Kenyan Armed Forces Cross-Country Championship last Saturday, Lineth Chepkurui had a very important mission: not lose her shoe. In last year’s race, the 22-year-old champion of last year’s Bay to Breakers lost out to rival Iness Chenonge thanks in part to her losing one of her racing flats. This year, however, Chepkurui not only kept both shoes on, but also won the race, fending off Chenoge as well as Toronto Marathon Champion Sharon Cherop.
Through 6K in the 8K race, it was down to these three women. Chepkurui tucked in behind Chenoge and Cherop until there were 500m to go and Cheop was the first to fade. With just 100m to go, it was Chenoge’s turn and Chepkurui sailed past and broke the finishing tape.
“I know I’m due a World Cross title. Last year, poor tactics cost me a medal but that will not happen this time. I love cross country running as my build-up and after the World Cross, I’m aiming at seeking the 10km World record and continue featuring in half marathons,” Chepkurui said afterwards.
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