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Kenya takes top six places in senior women race

Kenya takes top six places in senior women race

One, two, and three. Kenya takes it all here. In fact, it's Kenya's first ever clean sweep in the women's senior race.

In fact, besides taking all the medals, Kenya took the fourth, fifth and sixth positions as well. Historic!

In this race, as many as 104 athletes took to the starting point to do a five-lap race.

As per the script, the top three favorite nations had bagged gold: Kenya took the mixed relay, Ethiopia the U20 women and hosts Uganda, a first ever, in the U20 men.

Coming into this one, Kenya had won the previous five titles, with defending champion Agnes Tirop also taking part today.

The lead pack was quite huge, with about 25 or so athletes breathing behind each other's necks. Lornah Kiplagat, who won the senior women's race a decade ago on home soil (Mombasa), also featured today.

Faith Kipyegon, an Olympic champion, also participated.

The lead pack had narrowed considerably towards the conclusion of the eight-kilometre run, with an Ethiopian sticking with the group in front.

All but two of the entire Kenyan team were in the lead. Defending champion Tirop found herself left behind as the end approached. Kipyegon also lagged and when the bell was struck, three runners were going for gold (Nawawuna, Cheptai and Rengeruk).

Behind in fourth, Kipyegon allowed Jepkemoi to race past her while title-holder Tirop struggled two places further behind.

Cheptai peeled away further from fellow Kenyan Rengeruk before going for gold.