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Timothy Kiptoo sparkles at the Kenya Prisons Athletics meeting

Africa 5,000m bronze medalist Timothy Kiptoo retained the Kenya
Prisons national men’s 12km title held  at Nairobi’s Uhuru Gardens  on
Saturday morning..
Kiptoo the 2011/12 Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB)/Athletics Kenya (AK)
cross country jackpot winner breasted the tape in 37:18.00 to retain
the title.
Pre-race favourite John Mwangangi of Prison Staff Training
College(PSTC) who is the reigning African titleholder was relegated to
the eighth spot by returning 38:34.00 2012 as teammate Patrick Mwaka
was placed tenth by timing 38:47.06.
Kiptoo said that he was confident of securing a place in the national
team for the World Cross Country Championships to be held in Bydgoszcz
, Poland on March 24th.
“I have acclimatised myself with this course so I will need to train
hard for the competition as I represent Kenya Prisons and fight for a
place in the national team,” he said.
Prisons Headquarters Fredrick Musyoki, seventh-placed at the Africa
cross-country showpiece settled for the second spot by clocking
37:36.06.
The 2011 Azkoita-Azpeitia Half Marathon (Spain) bronze medalist
Simon Cherop of Prison Headquarters was fourth by returning 30:02.02.
World Junior 10,000m silver medalist Philemon Cheboi of PSTC was
placed fifth by clocking 38:06.07 as
Nairobi’s Eunice Kioko won the women’s 8km race by returning at
28:31.00 ahead of Prison Headquarters as Nairobi’s Pauline Kaveke was
second by timing 28:36.04.
Central’s F. Jepkirui completed the last podium finish spot in a time
of 28:41.02 edging the Safaricom Lewa Marathon runners up Susan
Lekapan of PSTC finished fourth place with a time of  28:49.06.
PSTC clinched the overall team title by scooping 23 points ahead of
Prison Headquarter who had 32 with Rift Valley finishing in third
place with 57 points.
“Last year we did very well and we had two runners who performed well
at the Africa Cross Country. We are looking forward to the same this
year and we are confident the team we have selected will compete well
at the nationals championships,” Benjamin Njoga, the Deputy Prisons
Commandant and a leading athletics official said at the closing
ceremony.

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