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Kenya me squad for World Cross Country C’ship

irobi, Feb 19: Kenya have selected a team of 28 athletes and six officials for this year’s World Cross Country Championships scheduled for March 26 in Kampala, Uganda.

The team was selected during the Kenya tiol Cross Country Championships held here on Saturday. It drew teams from all regions in the athletics-loving tion, reports Xinhua news agency.

Leord Barsoton won the senior men’s (10km) title clocking 28:56.3 to beat world half-marathon champion Bedan Karoki, who finished second with the time of 29:02.3, followed by Geoffrey Kamworor who timed 29:03.4.

All the three qualified for a slot in the team alongside Vincent Rono, Leord Komon and Leord Lagat.

In the senior women’s 10km race, Irene Cheptai won when she finished in 31:47.5 followed by Lilian Kasai (31:51.9) and Faith Chepngetich (32:12.9).

The trio will be joined by Alice Aprot, Agnes Tirop and Hyvin Kiyeng to complete the women’s team.

Kenya will also be represented at the championship in the men’s under-20 8km and women’s under-20 6km events respectively.

In the newly created mixed relays team event, Olympians Asbel Kiprop and Rio 800m bronze medallist Margaret Nyairera will lead the lineup that also consists of Berrd Kipkorir and Beatrice Chepkemoi. IANS