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Ugandan Defeats Kenyans In Eldoret

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 7, 2013
  • Updated Jan. 7, 2013 at 10:46 AM UTC
Soyekwo Kibet (right) of Uganda leads a pair of Kenyans last Saturday in Eldoret. Photo: Sunday Nation

Soyekwo Kibet provided a surprise upset.

Uganda is continuting to assert itself in the running world. At the Kenya Commercial Bank Athletics Kenya cross country race in Eldoret last Saturday, Soyekwo Kibet, who comes from Bukwo Village, took off in the men’s 12K race at the halfway point and never looked back. At last summer’s Olympics, Ugandan Stephen Kiprotich won the men’s marathon, dropping two Kenyans with 5K to go in the race.

Kibet’s winning time, 34:44.5, was 15 seconds faster than the second-place finisher, Kenyan Julius Kogo (35:00.2, 3). Kenya’s Wilson Kiprop was third in 35:21.3, 4.

“Though I was not expecting it, it was easy. I did not get strong opposition as I had anticipated,” he recalled afterward. The Ugandan trains under the watchful eye of Olympic 3,000m steeplechase silver medalist Patrick Sang.

In the women’s race in Eldoret,  Hyvin Kiyeng held off Lineth Chepkirui by two seconds to take first.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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