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Kiptoo retains Kenya prisons title

Kenya national cross country silver medalist Timothy Kiptoo easily retained his Prisons title Saturday to qualify for next month's world cross country trials at Nairobi's Uhuru Gardens.

The 29-year-old warden, powered his way through the muddy course to finish by a clear 100 metres from second-placed Frederick Musyoki in a time of 37:18.0.

He said he was excited by the prospect of facing other top runners during the national trials at the same venue on February 16.

"I have now won twice and also finished runner-up once on this course. I should have no trouble winning the nationals and being selected for the world cross country championships," said Kiptoo.

The world cross country championship will be held on March 24 in the Polish city of the city of Bydgoszcz, where Kenyan athletes made a clean sweep of all the individual titles at the 2010 World championships.

The women's race was won by Eunice Kioko in a slow time of 28:31.0. Pauline Kanyeke was second in 28:36.4.


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