- Chebet, who is Kenya’s first woman to win the gold in 5000m world under-20 in Tampere, Finland will light up Nairobi cross country championships. The event will be held at Posta ground tomorrow.
The Kericho-based athlete eyes to secure a slot to the national cross country championships scheduled to take place on February 8 at Uhuru Gardens. The Athletics Kenya will use the event to select a team to represent Kenya in the Africa cross country championships which is set to be held in Lome, Togo on 8th April.
Chebet also finished second in the Juan Muguerza International cross country which was held in Spain a couple of weeks ago. The race was won by the world cross country champion Hellen Obiri.
Another star to watch is the world under-18 2000m steeplechase champion Chepkorir Mercy who led central region 10km race the previous weekend.
As the tradition of the Nairobi region, they are always known to produce the best athletes in the junior race. The situation is likely to be the same as in the previous years because Anne Naasisho, Diana Chepkorir, Sharon Chepkemei, Isca Chelangat, Teresa Cherotich and Magdaline Cherono are lined up for the competition.
Naasisho is current a form two student at Savame Secondary School. She is currently, the national secondary school 3000m champion and she is focused to secure a spot in the national trials.
The AK chairman in Nairobi said that they expect to select a strong team.
“Technical officials have finalized preparations. We hope to name a strong team especially the juniors because that is where our strength is. We expect hundreds of runners to turn up for these champions especially those who did not participate in the other regional meetings,” said Korir.
Based on the current analysis, we expect the Nairobi region cross country championships to be very stiff. We also hope AK will find the best team to represent Kenya in the Africa cross country championships.