Once again, he outwitted rival Hosea Macharinyang.
Peter Mateelong dominated the field at the 5th KCB/Athletics Kenya National Cross Country Series meeting in Embu last Saturday. The younger brother of standout steeplechase runner Richard Mateelong finished the men’s 12K race in 36:33.
Hosea Macharinyang and John Chepkwon came in second and third, respectively.
For Mattelong, the win was especially sweet since it was the second time in two months that he had held off Macharinyang. The pair battled in the opening race of the series in Nyahururu at the beginning of November.
“In Nyahururu, he went to the lead and I came from behind and this time, I decided to do the front running since I knew he would be ready,” said Mattelong of his rival.
At the beginning of the race, Asbel Kiprop acted as rabbit during the first 5K and set a blistering early pace.
By the time he had finished his duties, only 11 out of the 199 runners were in contention for a medal.
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