Canada seventh, Kenya takes gold and silver at World Mountain and Path Working Championships

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Crew Kenya struck gold and silver this morning in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on the inaugural World Mountain and Path Working Championships (WMTRC). Patrick Kipngeno received the boys’s basic uphill 8.5 km race (round 1,000m of vert)  in 46:51, together with his compatriot Philemon Kiriago taking second in 48:24.

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Patrick Kipngeno and Philemon Kiriago of Kenya embrace after profitable gold and silver at World Mountain and Path Working Championships in Thailand. Photograph: @WMRAmountainrun

The inaugural WMTRC is a collaboration between World Athletics, the World Mountain Working Affiliation (WMRA), the Worldwide Affiliation of Ultrarunners (IAU) and the Worldwide Path Working Affiliation (ITRA).

Kipngeno went into the race as a favorite after dominant performances through the Mountain Working World Cup circuit, the place he received the celebrated Thyon-Dixence and completed second at Sierre-Zinal. Kipngeno received by a snug margin of a minute and a half forward of Kiriago, who solely began mountain working through the pandemic. Spain’s Alejandro Garcia settled for bronze in 49:03.

Kipngeno and Kiriago will hope to duplicate their efficiency once they participate within the basic up-and-down 11.2 km race on Sunday.

Alexandre Ricard of Squamish, B.C., was the highest Canadian finisher, cracking the highest 10 in 50:04. Remi Leroux of Quebec completed 4 spots again of Ricard for 14th, in 50:56, serving to the Canadian males’s crew to a seventh-place end total. 


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