Cheptegei Wins National Cross Country Championships

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Speaking at the launch of the competition, the Vice President of Uganda Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi called on Ugandans to support the athletes throughout their training ahead of the World Cross Country Championships in March this year.

Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei has emerged winner in the senior men 10km race in the National Cross Country Championships held at the independence ceremonial grounds Kololo. 
 



He completed the 10km race in 29minutes and 02 seconds followed by Phillip Kipyeko of Uganda Prisons at 29 minutes and 24 seconds. Abdallah Kibet Mande of Uganda Police Force came third. Timothy Toroitich of Kampala Capital City Authority came fourth while Uganda Prisons, Stephen Kiprotich came in the fifth position.

 

Cheptegei told URN shortly after being declared that the victory is a good starter for him, adding that he wants to do more training to match athletes in other countries.

 
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Stephen Kiprotich, who completed in fifth position, said he was impressed by his performance, saying it was good training for him for the next competitions. 


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In the 10km senior women race, Uganda Police's Mercyline Chelangat won a gold medal after finishing at 34.41 minutes.
 
Rachael Zena Chebet also from police came 2nd followed by Uganda Prison's Dorcus Ajok. Arua's 16-year-old Jacob Kiplimo, who just won 10,000m bronze at the World Junior Athletics Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, won the junior men's gold medal at the National Cross Country Championships after completing 8km in just 23:22 minutes.



 
Kiplimo was followed by Titus Kwemoi from Arua athletics team at just 23.53minutes and Victor Kiplangat also from Arua, who silver and bronze respectively. Uganda Police bagged all the three medals during the 6km junior women race with Peruth Chemutai finishing the race at 20.20 minutes followed by Janat Chemusto at 20.39 minutes. 



Esther Chekwemoi finished in 21.08 minutes and was awarded a bronze medal. Speaking at the launch of the competition, the Vice President of Uganda Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi called on Ugandans to support the athletes throughout their training ahead of the World Cross Country Championships in March this year.

 

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The nation cross country championship was meant to check the preparedness of the country for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)'s world cross country Championships Kampala that will be held at Kololo independence ceremonial grounds on Sunday March 26th 2017.


Ssekandi told IAAF officials that Uganda is prepared to host the World Cross Country Championships and to them to become ambassadors of what they had seen.
 
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