Kenyans sweep races at world cross country championships

GUIYANG, China (AP) Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor outsprinted teammate Bedan Karoki to capture the men’s title at the world cross country championships on Saturday, while 19-year-old Agnes Tirop of Kenya became the youngest winner in the women’s race in 30 years.

Kamworor and Karoki led for much of the 12-kilometer (7.5-mile) race before Kamworor pulled away in the last 300 meters to win in 34 minutes, 52 seconds.

Karoki finished second in 35:00, while Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris was third in 35:06.

In the women’s race, Tirop outpaced Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi over the final 200 meters to win the 8-kilometer (5-mile) race in 26:01 to become the youngest champion since Britain’s Zola Budd in 1985, who was 18.

Teferi was second in 26:06 and teammate Netsanet Gudeta was third in 26:11.

Despite Kenya’s individual victories, Ethiopia took the team titles in both the men’s and women’s races.