Kenya ready for the Senior Africa Championship with new victory

16:55, July 05, 2010      

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Kenya continued to impress with victory during the Nike Prefontaine Classic, the sixth event of the Samsung Diamond League, in Eugene, Oregon on Sunday.

Kenya will stage the Africa premier track and field championship in Nairobi from July 28 to August 1, and their performance in Eugene made a perfect preparation for the Championship.

"It is important that these athletes keep up the momentum. They can do good by competing in these top classic meetings abroad. But as we start camp on Monday, I expect them to be in top form and to continue impressing," said headcoach Stephen Mwaniki after Milcah Chemos defeated World champion Marta Dominguez of Spain in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Chemos kept a relentless closing pace and put up a 9:26.70 victory, with Dominguez second in 9:29.61. Ethiopia' s Sofia Assefa was third in 9:30.05.

Olympic 1500-meter champion Asbel Kiprop clocked 3:49.75 to win the one mile race, with Amine Laalou just behind in 3:50.22. Ethiopia's Mekonnen Gebremedhin was third with 3:50.68.

In the women's 800 meters, Mariya Savinova held off the Kenyan duo of Nancy Jebet Langat and Diamond Race leader Janeth Jepkosgei to set up a new world leading time of 1:57.56.

Lagat set a personal best by finishing second in 1:57.75. Janeth Jepkosgei finished third in 1:57.84, but she retains Diamond Race lead with a three-point advantage over Savinova and Halima Hachlaf.

Women's 5,000 meters saw the return of Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba who clocked 14:34.08 to win the race with Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist Shalane Flanagan of the United States second in 14:49.08.

Kenyan athletes Sally Kipyego 14:54.50 and Pauline Korikwiang 14:55.27 finished third and fourth respectively.

Source: Xinhua


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