Timothy Cheruiyot won a photo finish in Antrim ©Athletics Northern Ireland

Kenya claimed a double at the Antrim International as the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Cross Country Permit season continued in Northern Ireland.

Timothy Cheruiyot won the men's race over 7,200 metres as Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi triumphed in the women's over 5,400m.

Cheruiyot, who won 1,500m silver on the track at the World Championships in London last year, pipped Mogos Tuemay of Ethiopia after a sprint finish.

Both men were timed at 23min 12sec but the Kenyan got the nod.

Morocco's Soufiane Elbakkali, a World Championship silver medallist in London in the 3,000m steeplechase, was third in 23:32.

Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi, left, won the women's race ©Getty Images
Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi, left, won the women's race ©Getty Images

Kipkemboi held off Ethiopia's Fotyen Tesfay to win in 19:55 by a margin of one second.

Bontu Edao Rebitu, who runs for Bahrain, was third in 19:59.

The Campaccio-International Cross Country in San Giorgio su Legnano in Italy, another leg on the IAAF Cross Country Permit series, also took place today.

There was another double Kenyan win as James Kibet and Lilian Rengeruk won the men's and women's titles.

Kibet was timed at 29:34, fending off Ethiopian Tesfaye Deriba and the United States' Olympic 5,000m silver medallist Paul Chelimo in a late sprint.

Deriba clocked the same time as the winner with Chelimo finishing in 29:38.

Rengeruk won the women's event in 19:02 as she won by a single second over team-mate  and world 10,000m bronze medallist Agnes Tirop.

Gete Alemayehu of Ethiopia won bronze in 19.23.