Agnes Ngetich, Sabastian Sawe cut tickets to World Cross-country Championships

ATHLETICS Agnes Ngetich, Sabastian Sawe cut tickets to World Cross-country Championships

Abigael Wafula 13:36 - 02.03.2024

Agnes Ngetich and Sabastian Sawe are ready to roar at the World Cross-country trials after their dominant display at the national trials.

World 10km record holder Agnes Ngetich and Sabastian Sawe have dominated the World Cross-country Championships national trials happening at the Prisons Staff Training College in Ruiru.

Ngetich was in a class of her own in the extremely competitive race, cutting the tape first ahead of Emmaculate Anyango, the second-fastest woman over the 10km road race.

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After the race, Ngetich admitted that the leading pack was very strong, including the likes of Anyango, reigning World Cross-country Champion Beatrice Chebet, and Lilian Kasait.

“In the leading pack, we had a very strong team. It was very competitive the course was okay but it was too hot,” Ngetich said during a post-race interview.

On her part, Anyango was elated to have finished second behind Ngetich, just like during the 10km race in Valencia where the former broke the world record with Anyango finishing second in the second-fastest time over the distance.

She said: “I am ready our target is to retain the tiles. The team that has won here has the ability to do so.”

Meanwhile, the senior men’s race saw Sawe destroy a strong field that had attracted cross-country guru Geoffrey Kamworor and world Cross-country junior champion Ishmael Kipkurui among other road runners.

Sawe defied all odds to claim the top honours and admitted that it was his plan all along. He clocked 28:38 ahead of Samuel Chembolei who stopped the clock at 28:38. Gideon Rono completed the podium, clocking 28:41 to cross the finish line.

“I wanted to go to Belgrade…now that I have made it to the team, my focus will be taking the senior title,” he said after the race.

Meanwhile, the junior men’s 8km race was dominated by Samuel Kibathi who cut the tape in 22:37 with Charles Rotich and Mathew Kipruto finishing second and third in respective times of 22:38 and 22:44.

After the race, an elated Kibathi said: “I feel motivated after today's victory. I will be targeting to retain the junior title. When I started the race, my body was not responding but as we were almost finishing I picked up and felt strong and went for the finish.”

The women’s junior race saw Sheila Chebet claim the top prize in 19:30 with Deborah Chemutai and Nancy Cherop finishing second and third in 19:31 and 19:33 respectively.