- Kenya Police Service national championships off to interesting start
- Sandra Chebet, 19, turns up as a civilian runner and shows experienced policewomen dust
Teenager Sandra Chebet exhibited class and talent to crush an experienced field for victory in women’s 10,000 metres race as the Kenya Police Service Athletics Championships fired off Tuesday at the Nyayo National Stadium.
The 19-year-old Chebet, a silver medallist at the World Under-18 championship in the 2,000 metres, had the arena cheering after she broke away from the pack with five laps to go to win in a commanding fashion of 34 minutes and 19.2 seconds.
Former World Under-20 Championships 3,000m steeplechase champion and record holder Ruth Bosibori (Coast) had led the race for 20 laps before Chebet, who competed as a guest, stepped on her gas pedal to swing to the lead with Bosibori, 2010 Africa 3,000m steeplechase bronze medallist Lydia Rotich (Nairobi) and Stacy Ndiwa (Police College).
Chebet, who hails from Lemotit Training Camp in Londiani, widened the gap between her and Ndiwa, who charged past Rotich at the bell before winning by a margin of close to 120 metres on the opening day.
Ndiwa settled second in 34:37.2 with Rotich wrapping up the last podium place in 34:38.5.
Bosibori slumped to seventh in 35:11.5 while former champion Lucy Kabuu, who is also the 2006 Commonwealth 10,000m champion, failed to finish the race.
“I have no intentions if joining the Police force, I only graced this event to test my endurance ahead of the national trials for the World Championships,” said Chebet, who said she will either take a shot at the 1,500m or 10,000m at the trials for the World Championships which will be held from August 4 to 13 in London.
In case Chebet succeeds, it will be the first time she will be representing the country in senior races, having represented Kenya twice in World Under-20 Championships races.