Conseslus Kipruto, photo by PhotoRun.net
Jebet and Ruto top winners
NAIROBI (KEN, Jun 23): First day of Kenyan Trials saw 2015 World CC Champion Agnes Jebet to be back when winning the 10 000 m in 31:56.0. Second spot for Irene Cheptai 31:56.4 and third for African champion Alice Aprot 32:16.7. First non qualifier Veronica Nyaruai 32:34.6. Cyrus Ruto (coached by Patrick Sang) is the new name to watch in men 5000 m when he won in 13:31.7. World Youth 3000 m silver medallist Davis Kiplagat dug deep to finish second in 13:31.7 but the third-place finisher Geoffrey Koech in 13:33.9 was disqualified for lane infringement, which saw Commonwealth steeple champion Jonathan Ndiku fall with 300m to go. So Josphat Kiprono was upgraded for third place and third spot for London 13:35.3. Besides Ndiku, 2008 Olympics 5000 m bronze medallist Edwin Soi was the other major casualty in a race where World 5000m silver medallist Caleb Ndiku failed to show up. All three will debut at World Championships. In steeple semis without Ezekiel Kemboi, Conseslus Kipruto 8:36.0 and Jairus Birech 8:34.7 won their races. Also in 800 m semifinals Ferguson Rotich got the first one in 1:45.2 over Emmanuel Korir 1:45.5 and Alfred Kipketer 1:45.9, in the second one Kipyegon Bett 1:45.9. Mathew Sawe won high jump with 220, but still needs qualifying mark for London, Elijah Kimitei topped triple jump 16.09.