Barsoton, who runs for Nissin foods in Japan, has other ideas. "My plan for this year is to win the World Cross Country Championships in Kampala and also the 10,000 metres title on the track at the World Championships in London,"
Karoki won in a photo finish over Leonard Barsoton as both were timed at 27:42. Stephen Sambu was 3rd (27:48). Wacera won the women's race in 31:59, beating out last year's winner, Belaynesh Oljira by 2-seconds.
Karoki, the Kenyan champ, is particularly pleased that in xc, people don't wait until the final 200 like Mo Farah does in the 10,000.
World Junior XC champ Faith Kipyegon and World Junior silver medalist Leonard Barsoton won the senior races.
Kipyegon won in a kick beating Peris Chepchirchir and reigning World XC champ Emily Chebet as World 5000 silver medalist Mercy Cherono was back in 10th. Karoiki beat World Junior XC silver medalist Leonard Barsoton by 7-seconds as last year’s surprise winner, Philemon Rono was 6th.
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