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Kenyan athlete – Beatrice Chebet succefully defended her World Cross senior women’s race in Belgrade, Serbia on Saturday.

Chebet battled Lilian Rengeruk and Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi for the win in 31:05, becoming the first athlete to win back-to-back titles in the women’s race since Tirunesh Dibaba in 2006.

With Emmaculate Anyango Achol in fourth and Agnes Jebet Ngetich in fifth it meant Kenya swept the top five places in the race.

“We won the team title, that showed very strong teamwork,” said Chebet, who had warned at the pre-event press conference that she would be tough to beat after an underpar performance at the Kenyan trials.

“After trials we trained together, we eat the same food. We were a team and being together helped us achieve the best result here.

“It is not easy to come to a world championship and defend your title, there is a lot of pressure. My target was to be on the podium.

“I felt I was stronger with about 500m to go. The course was so good, the weather was good like in Kenya, very sunny, and the obstacles were not as hard.”

Source: AW

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