Cherono Dominates African Champs

Gladys Cherono leads the Kenyan charge at the African Championships. Photo: IAAF

She won the 5000m and 10,000m races.

Gladys Cherono won the 10,000m event at the African Championships on Sunday.

It was her second African gold and she ran the distance in 32 minutes, 41.40 seconds. It’s been a good Championship series for Cherono. On Thursday, she won the 5,000m event.

“I never imagined I can win two gold medals here,” she said. “My decision to double was just to boost the team and gauge myself in the 10K.”

Cherono is new to the distance. She debuted in it last month at the Kenya Defensee championships where she clocked 35:26.

The race on Sunday was tactical with 2007 World Championships bronze medalist Priscah Jepleting leading the pack that comprised her fellow Kenyans as well as rival Ethiopians.

The halfway mark was crossed in a relatively pedestrian 16:31.40.

But at that point, the continent of Ethiopians fell back and it was entirely a Kenyan affair.

Cherono, Jepleting, and Betsy Saina all hung together until the final lap. When the bell was run, Cherono surged into the lead and secured the win.

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