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Kiplagat wins local race, eyes Chicago marathon

NAIROBI, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's Commonwealth 10,000m Games silver medalist Florence Kiplagat won the County Pensions Fund (CPF) Nairobi Diamond 10km Run on Sunday.

Kiplagat also announced she will compete at the 2014 Chicago marathon scheduled for Oct. 12.

Kiplagat finished the 10km course in a time of 31:42.0 to win prize money of 3,000 U.S dollars and a diamond with an unannounced value.

Irene Chebet won was placed second in a time of 31:45.0 whereas third place went to Alice Aprot who stopped the clock in 31.46:0.

"I missed competing at the African Championships in Marrakech Morocco because of visa problems and I was happy to have a race in Nairobi to do speed work," Kiplagat said during a post-race interview in Nairobi.

"I have been competing in many races and so I have experience that is why I could manage to outpace my rivals in the last 300m," she said.

The 27-year old Kenyan is the current world record holder of the women's half marathon with a time of 1:05.12 and has represented Kenya in many events from cross country to marathon.

"This will be the first time for me to compete at the Chicago Marathon of which I am preparing myself adequately," Kiplagat said.

In the men's event Amos Kiplimo took first position in a time of 27:42.0, followed by Edwin Kiptoo Rop who clocked 27:43.7, whereas Vincent Yator took third position after clocking 27:44.6.

"I had only run two competitive races in my running career and I am treating this competition as a launching pad for my arrival," the 23-year old who also took home the winner's purse and the cut diamond, said.

Race director Barnaba Korir said the idea of the race is to bring the Diamond Runs to Kenya to add to the 14 others across the globe.

"The County Pension Fund, the main sponsor for the event, aims at creating a retirement fund for athletes as a cushion," Korir said of the inaugural meet, which attracted over 1,400 participants.

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