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Toroitich Set To Gatecrash Kenyan, Ethiopian Party At Okpekpe

Atletismo. 71º Cross Mugerza. Entrada en meta del vencedor de la prueba, Timothy Toroitich.
Posted: May 6, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Timothy Toroitich will aim to make history at the fourth IAAF Bronze Label Okpekpe international 10km road race by becoming the first Ugandan to win the title. Kenyans have won two of the last three titles courtesy of Moses Masai (29 mins 39 secs) in 2013 and Korio Alex Olotptip last year. Ethiopia’s Teshome Mekonnen won in 2014, with a new 28 minutes, 35 secs record. Toroitich is one of the six gold level elite male runners confirmed for tomorrow’s race and will have to contend with the Kenyan duo of Simon Cheprot and Edwin Kiprop Kiptoo, who placed sixth and ninth respectively and won a team gold at the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff, Wales last March and Morris Munene Gachaga, who is the only man in the elite race cast to have broken 28 minutes this year. South Africa’s Gladwin Mzazi, a gold level elite runner will challenge for the title. Ethiopia will have the duo of Alemu Hungegnaw, a gold level elite runner as well as Abayneh Degu Tsehay, a silver level runner to help protect the course record set by their countryman Mekonnen in 2014 and reclaim the title he lost last year to Alex Olotptip. Morocco’s Zakaria Boudad and Tanzania’s Ismael Juma Gallet, both silver level elite runners will be waiting for any slip from the top-ranked Kenyans, Ethiopians and Toroitich to make an unlikely dash for the title. In the women’s category it will still be a duel between the Kenyans and Ethiopians, who have dominated the last three editions. The Kenya gold level running quartet of Pascalia Chepkorir Kipkoech, Maryanne Wangari Wanjiru, Esther Chemtai Ndiema, Polline Wanjiku Njeru will feel they hold all the aces to ensure Kenya retains the title compatriot Tanui Anfele won last year. However the silver level running trio Dorcas Nzembi Kithome of Kenya, Zerfie Limeneh and Sofiya Shemshu Chegen both of Ethiopia and the bronze level running Tanzanian, Mary Xwaymay Naali could spring a surprise by outpacing their more illustrious opponents to take the title. Meanwhile all the elite athletes, both foreign and local will undertake a route tour today in readiness for the race. The race is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, a leader in sports marketing, sponsorship, and hospitality and Rights Acquisition business with operations in Nigeria.