Team Kenya won gold and silver medals at the inaugural World Mountain and Trail Running Championships in Chiang Mai, Thailand, this morning.
Kipngeno entered the race as the favorite, having won six gold label races on the Mountain Running World Cup circuit. Kiriago, a rising mountain runner, placed second in the series.
Kipngeno and Kiriago will try to repeat their performance in the classic up and down 11.2km race on Sunday. He became Kenya’s first World Mountain Running champion.
Kipngeno won in 46:51, Kiriago took silver in 48:24, and Alejandro Garcia of Spain took bronze in 49:03.
Allie Mclaughlin in the women race won gold in 55:15, Andrea Mayr silver in 55:41, and Maude Mathys third in 56:00.
Njeru, who won the World Mountain Running World Cup overall title, will attempt to redeem herself in the classic up and down 11.2km race on Sunday. During the circuit, she won six gold label races.
“I’m pleased with the results and I’m looking forward to another stellar performance from the athletes on Sunday,” Peter Angwenyi, Athletics Kenya Mountain running coordinator said.