Olympic champion Jemimah Sumgong and World Champion Geoffrey Kamworor are among the high profile runners set to excite residents of Uasin Gishu County during the 26th edition of Nike Discovery Kenya Cross Country in Eldoret
On Sunday morning, more than 2,000 proven and untested runners will take their supremacy rivalry to the talent-rich region, eminently Christianized ‘The City of Champions’, when the annual competitions take place at the Eldoret Sports Club.
The climax of the post-jubilee entertainment will be the mismatch between World half marathon silver medalist Bedan Karoki Muchiri, the men’s defending champion, and World Cross Country champion Geoffrey Kamworor in the 10Kilometres senior men.
“Most of our senior athletes have enlisted for the Sunday race. Karoki and Viola Jepchumba will be defending their titles while Sumgong (Jemimah) and Kwamoror will be competing alongside them,” said Coach David Leting, the event Coordinator.
As usual, the Discovery Kenya showbiz, sponsored by Rosa Associates Kenya Limited, will witness athletes across the age brackets feature in 12 different competition classes with the youngest, those under 7 years of age, running 500metres on the grassy open course.
“The competitions will begin at 0900hrs with the kids, boys and girls under 7 years. It will end with the senior women and men after the normal junior women (6Kilometres) and junior men (8Kilometres),” added Leting, also a national cross-country coach.
Over the last 25 years, the race has been the production nerve centre for cross runners in the Country and new talents are expected to emerge during the race.
Last year, Karoki had the last laugh after outclassing Clement Langat, a former World junior silver medalist, while Jepchumba, a new entrant, won the senior women title.
Mathew Kiptanui and Roselinda Jepketer claimed the junior crowns, beating 590 and 128 opponents in their respective groups.
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