BY EMMANUEL SABUNI
Former Dusseldorf marathon champion Agnes Barsosio and cross country runner Emmanuel Bor braved the chilly morning to win the Re-Discover 10km road race in Kapsabet, Nandi County on Sunday.
Barsosio, who faced stiff competition from former world half marathon silver medalist Pascalia Jepkorir and another cross country sensational runner Eunice Chebichii to win the race in 36:55:60 in the race set to re-dicover talents in the region as a way of promoting sports tourism.
Fresh from finishing third at the Chongking marathon last Sunday, Barsosio said that the course was hilly hence lowering her time but she had to endure hard competition to win.
“The course was very hilly but I had to stay behind for better part of the starting point but at 7km, I went ahead just test my speed. On the last kilometer I was tired and thought that I will be beaten to the tape and luckily I managed to win,” said the reigning Tansu marathon champion.
Chebichii returned second in her lower time in 10km race in 36:60:40, Viola Chepchumba closed the podium in 37:08:30.
Bor, who was on the card for KCB/AK jackpot by finishing second cut the tape in 31:17:63 followed by another road race specialist Alfred Kimeli in 31:32:10 as Daniel Kiprotich completed the podium in 31:43:91.
The Kapsabet based runner said that the competition was too stiff after 2014 Tokyo marathon winner Dennis chumba was leading the race and drop out at 8km mark.
“I would have had the best time but it was too hilly but I thank God I won,” said Bor.
Solomon Soi returned in fourth in 31:45:69 followed by newcomer Aaron Sirma in 31:54:73. Vincent Tanui (32:00:71) Abraham Kiptum (32:01:27), Daniel Mkungo (32:18:29), Peter Lagat (32:23:52) and Philip Birech completed the podium in 32:28:49.
Bungei said that after starting the race a few years ago, it failed due to lack of sponsors but assured that they will be turning the race every year.
“ This region has the high potential of athletes posing over 70% of olympic gold medalist in the republic therefore we have to nurture such and more talents,” said Bungei.