For the men, Kenneth Kipkemoi was 2nd (60:05) while Aga beat Wude Ayalew (69:23) and former 10,000 world champ Linet Masai (69:33).
He will have a stiff challenge as he faces Stephen Sambu and Bedan Karoki. For the women, former world silver medalist Belaynesh Oljira will try to defend her title against Mercy Wacera who ran 66:29 at the Houston Half last month.
1) He's not from theRift Valley lowlands 2) He didn't start running until after HS. "I saw people from Eldoret running on television and I became interested," Kitwara said. "So I went to Eldoret to try and started training slowly, slowly."
He ran 28:51 in hot/humid conditions to win over a competitive field. John Mgangui was a close 2nd (28:52) with Stephen Sambu 3rd (28:56). Ben True led the American charge in 6th (29:19). Ethiopia's Belaynesh Oljira ran 31:57 to just beat Kenya's Cynthia Limo by 1-second in the women's race. Betsy Saina was 3rd (32:07). Multiple time world champ Vivian Cheruiyot was back in 8th (33:23). *Full Results
Betsy Saina and Linet Masai in women's race. Men's is stacked with world 10,000m bronze medallist Paul Tanui, Stephen Sambu and sub-27 man Kenneth Kipkemoi, Uganda's Moses Kipsiro, Yenew Alamirew and Olympic bronze medallist Thomas Longosiwa.