The cut-down to the World Athletics Championships and All Africa Games is moving a level higher this weekend with four national championships and the some counties picking their respective teams in various parts of the country.
Kenya Colleges Athletics championships is taking place in Mombasa, Kenya Secondary Schools Championships will be hosted by Nyeri at Ruring’u Stadium while Kenya Primary Schools Athletics Championships will be at Gusii Stadium in Nyanza South.
But the main action will be at The Safaricom Stadium Kasaarani from Thursday June 11th to 13th where The Kenya Defense Forces elite squads will lay down their arms to use their sporting abilities to battle for top honours.
The KDF Athletics Championships, normally the most closely contested and challenging duel before the national Athletics Kenya competitions, will provide the anti-climax on Saturday during the finals where the battle of wits and bravely will dictate the winners.
Veteran Mark Kiptoo, who has been a force in both 5,000 and 10,000 metres before breaking the rank to move to marathon, would be providing lessons to his juniors Lewis Nyariki, Stephen Arita, Linus Chumba and Silas Kirui in the two events.
In the middle distant, new revelations Judith Kiyeng and Jonatha Kitilit will be the marks persons while Alfas Kishoyan, Joseph mPogisho, Solomon Bwoga and commonwealth champion Mark Mutai alongside Mike Mukamba will be firing in the sprints.
Kahawa’s Marion Kibor will point blanks at Elizabeth Mueni (Moi Airbase) in the women 3,000metres steeplechase while Kennedy Kosgei will be out to overcome challenges launched by new recruits to stamp authority in the event synonymous with Kenyan athletes.
In the field, Vincent Tuikong of 12th Engineers will be stretching his muscles to tame seasonal rival Boaz Monyancha of Kenya Navy in the throws while Nicholas Cheruiyot of Thika will face Amos Kipsaina and Elijah Chesoen (Kahawa) in the High Jump.
In Javelin where Kenya is getting unpredicted accolade following Julius Yego’s exploits in the on-going Diamond Leagues, Nelson Yego and Gilbert Bett with renew their rivalry in the men’s throw and Zeddy Cherotich will tackle Emily Kariuki (Lanet) and Monica Lagat of Moi Airbase.
The Kenya Defense Forces have the reputation of grooming athletics top guns that include the all-winning cross-country greats John Ngugi, William Sigei, Paul Tergat and Joseph Ebuya and the affiliates has been taking the overall athletics trophy in the national championships.
The Forces championships takes place a week after The Kenya Police, KDF main opponents, did their selections at the same venue with focus being the National Athletics championships at Nyayo Stadium on July 9th to 11th.
Grass root athletics championships have also begun in visually all the sub-counties with some regions organizing their counties this weekend.
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