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Kiplimo, Chemutai take Uganda U20  titles

Kiplimo, Chemutai take Uganda U20  titles

With the junior races held earlier in the afternoon, winners Jacob Kiplimo and Peruth Chemutai set the scene for the day as they respectively won the men’s and women’s races by huge margins.

Kiplimo, the world U20 10,000m bronze medalist, overhauled early leader Maxwel Rotich after the first lap. He gradually pulled away from the rest of the field as the race went on and by half way he had a 12-second lead over Abel Chebet.

He went on to win by 29 seconds, covering the 8km course in 23:25. Titus Kwemoi came through in the latter stages to finish second, one second ahead of Victor Kiplagat.

Chemutai, who set a Ugandan U20 steeplechase record of 9:31.03 in the heats of the Rio 2016 Olympics, had Janet Chemusto for company throughout most of the U20 women’s 6km race.

They broke away from the rest of the field during the opening stages and ran side-by-side through the first (6:08) and second (13:18) laps. But Chemutai proved to have the better endurance as Chemusto’s challenge faded on the last lap. Chemutai won in 20:20 with Chemusto finishing 19 seconds adrift, but still comfortably ahead of Esther Chekwemoi in third.

LEADING RESULTS

U20 men
1 Jacob Kiplimo 23:25
2 Titus Kwemoi 23:53
3 Victor Kiplagat 23:54
4 Elisha Chemutai 24:03
5 Kevin Kibet 24:04

U20 women
1 Peruth Chemutai 20:20
2 Janat Chemusto 20:39
3 Esther Chekwemoi 21:08
4 Sarah Chelangat 21:20
5 Scarlett Chemos 22:0