July 15, 2011 / 4:46 PM / 8 years ago

Kenya's world champ Cheruiyot eyes two Daegu races

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya’s world champion Vivian Cheruiyot will run both the women’s 5,000 and 10,000 metres races at the world championships in South Korea next month.

Cheruiyot, who took the 5,000m world title in Berlin two years ago, won the Kenyan 10,000m title at the national championships on Friday.

She is already entered automatically in the shorter distance for the worlds and her British manager Ricky Simms confirmed she would run both distances in the Korean city.

“I think I am in good shape to double in Daegu. I was confident of running well, victory just came,” said Cheruiyot.

Training partner Linet Masai, who holds the world 10,000m title, skipped Friday’s race because she will seek to build her speed in the shorter distance.

Cheruiyot, 28, won in 31:55.08 with Sally Kipyego second in 31:57.8 and Prisca Jepleting third in 31:59.1.

Sharon Cherop who was third in the Boston Marathon in April, finished fifth, while Commonwealth champion Grace Momanyi was 10th.

The rest of the team will be named on Saturday when the national championships, which doubled up as world championships trials, will end.

David Rudisha, running on home soil for the first time since breaking the 800 metres world record last year, easily won his specialty in 1:45.3 to qualify for Saturday’s final.

Olympic champion Asbel Kiprop won his 1,500m semi-final in 3:39.5 ahead of Daniel Kipchirchir Komen, who timed 3:39.6.

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