Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion Joyce Chepkirui declared her intentions to make the team to the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships next month in Beijing China after winning the 10,000m at the national championships on Friday.
Chepkurui, who failed in her bid to represent the country at the 2013 Moscow World Championships, said her next course of action is to prepare adequately ahead of the national trials.
“I am happy with the win,” said Chepkurui. “I will go back and prepare well for the national trials (set for end of this month).”
Chepkirui of Police won in 32:08.23 ahead of Jacqueline Chepng’eno (32:08.24) and Gladys Chesir (32:10.44). Beatrice Mutai (32:10.77), 19-year-old Lucy Cheruiyot (32:24.30), Gladys Cherono (32:43.38), Rebecca Chesire (32:49.81) and 2006 World Junior 3,000m champion Veronica Nyaruai (32:18.50) followed in that order.
Double world champion Vivian Cheruiyot, running in the shorter 1,500m race, stormed into today’s final where she will battle the likes of Irene Chepkemoi, East Africa Military Games champion Perin Nenkampi and Lydia Wafula of Prisons.
Two-time world 1,500m champion Asbel Kiprop will also be competing in a distance lower than his specialty as he takes on Olympic 800m bronze medalist Timothy Kitum, Olympian Antony Chemut and Nicholas Kiplagat in the hunt for the national two-lap race title.
Former 400m runner Elijah Manangoi, former world junior sensation Vincent Leting, Hillary Cheruiyot, Abednego Chesebe and Kenya Prisons recruit Timothy Cheruiyot are expected to light up the 1,500m final as they seek to claim the title whose defending champion, Kiprop, will be nowhere to offer the challenge.
World cross-country champion Geoffrey Kamworor Kipsang and world 5,000m bronze medallist Isaiah ‘chairman’ Koech renew their rivalry in the 12-lap race, where they will be joined by the soft-spoken Defence Forces recruit Emmanuel Kipsang, who gave the policemen a scare in Thursday’s semis.
The 400m veteran runners, 2010 Commonwealth Games champion Mark Mutai and 2011 All Africa Games relay gold medallist Vincent Mumo will be up against upcoming stars Africa junior silver medallist Alex Sampao and Alphas Kishoyian in the one-lap final.
During the event, Deputy President William Ruto presented the national flag to Team Kenya to the World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia. The team, which leaves tonight will be taking on the rest of the world in the championship set for between July 15 and 19.
Courtesy of the-star.co.ke