Charles Ndirangu and Rosemary Wanjiru won the men’s and women’s races.
It was all Kenya at the 48th Chiba International Cross Country Meeting on Sunday.
The annual Japanese race pitted some of Japan’s best runners against a squad of invited international competitors.
The 20-year-old Charles Ndirangu was the men’s winner. His finishing time for the 12K distance was 35:01. At the early stage of the race, Ndirangu shared the lead with Australian ace Collis Birmingham. Birmingham, who won the Maragume Half Marathon a week ago, couldn’t keep up, however, and faded.
Ndirangu successfully defended his title in relative comfort. The second-place finisher, Miliyon Zewdie of Ethiopiaa, was 25 seconds behind. Third place went to Agato Yashin Hasen, who is also from Ethiopia.
In the women’s 8K race, Rosemary Wanjiru battled against fellow rival Susan Wairimu. Wanjiru dominated the race, coming through in 26:08. Wairimu was second in 26:30. The battle for third place was perhaps the most exciting moment of all the races, as Japan’s Hanae Tanaka made a huge move at the end, pulling away from fifth place.
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