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Kenyans dominate Venture 5K

Baboolal, Shukla shine for T&T

Kwame Laurence :: Trinidad Express :: 19.09.2017

Kenyans Kenneth Rotich and Mercy Chepwogen were in dominant mood at the Venture Credit Union Cooperative Society 5K, in Couva, on Sunday.

Rotich completed a hat-trick of triumphs in the men's race, following up on his 2015 and 2016 successes with a comfortable victory in the 2017 edition. The 27-year-old runner completed the five-kilometre course in 14 minutes, 39 seconds for a huge cushion on Guyana's Cleveland Thomas, the runner-up in 15:46.

Shirvan Baboolal finished third in 15:47 to emerge as the top T&T runner. Veteran Curtis Cox was fourth in 16:01, the 49-year-old forcing his fellow-T&T athlete, 18-year-old Kriston Charles (16:10) to settle for fifth.

Chepwogen was in a class of her own in the women's race, the 2012 world junior champion at 3,000 metres getting home in 16:59. Apart from capturing the women's title, the 21-year-old finished 16th overall.

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Kenyans dominate Venture 5K - Baboolal, Shukla shine for T&T
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STRONG RUN: Mercy Chepwogen, right, en route to victory in the Venture Credit Union Cooperative Society 5K women's race, in Couva, on Sunday. The Kenyan clocked 16 minutes and 59 seconds. T&T's Joshua James, left, finished 15th in the men's race in 16:58. —Photo courtesy PAUL VOISIN

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