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Chelangat takes senior women on debut

Chelangat takes senior women on debut

Mercyline Chelangat lifted the Uganda Cross Country Championships senior women title after beating strong contender Rachel Chebet Zena by over 30 seconds at Kololo Independence Grounds.

The country’s best athletes were competing for places team for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017.

After upgrading from the junior women event, where she finished third the national event last year, Chelangat broke away from last year’s runner up after the bell and she never looked back.

A lead pack of 11 women, led by Rachael Chebet, covered the first lap in 6:21. By the end of the next lap, the pack had been reduced to just four women: Rachael Chebet, Emily Chebet, Chelangat and Doreen Chesang.

Just Rachael Chebet and Chelangat were left out in front a few kilometers later, battling together over obstacles, but Chelangat moved into the lead on the final lap and managed to shake off her last remaining rival. She crossed the line in 34:41 to finish 35 seconds ahead of Chebet.

Dorcus Ajok, the World University Games 1500m champion, finished strongly to take third place. Chesang held on to fourth place while Doreen Chemutai crossed the line in fifth.

LEADING RESULTS

Senior women (10km)
1 Mercyline Chelangat 34:41
2 Rachael Chebet 35:16
3 Dorcus Ajok 35:46
4 Doreen Chesang 35:54
5 Doreen Chemutai 35:56
6 Annet Chebet 36:16
7 Juliet Chekwel 36:38
8 Stella Chesang 36:46
9 Prim Twikirize 37:00
10 Sarah Akiror 37:03