Wilson Kiprop Defeats Geoffrey Mutai in Kenya

He found a new gear in the cross-country race with 200m to go.

He found a new gear in the cross-country race with 200m to go.

The reigning world half-marathon champion, Wilson Kiprop, has proven to the world that he is a force to be reckoned with. At the Discovery Kenya Cross Country Championships on Sunday, Kiprop held off a late-race challenge from the Boston and New York City Marathon winner, Geoffrey Mutai, to win the men’s 12K event. Besides Geoffrey Mutai, Kipsang defeated Olympic 1500m champion, Asbel Kiprop, and sub-59 minute half marathoner Matthew Kisorio.

Kiprop’s winning time was thirty-four minutes and forty-eight seconds. Geoffrey Mutai came in second in 34:53, while Kisorio placed third in 35:04. Asbel Kiprop managed an eighth-place showing. He admitted that he was using the race to prepare for a series of track races next month in Australia.

“I have a 1500 metres race in Melbourne on 18 February and another 800 metres one in Sydney soon after. So this race was good for my endurance,” Asbel Kiprop said.

The annual race attracted over two-thousand of Kenya’s fastest runners.

Joyce Jepkurui won the senior women’s division in 26:22.3.

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