An elite class parade at Thika Stadium for the third Athletics Kenya Track and Field Meeting that will take place on Friday and Saturday as the preparations for the 2017 IAAF Diamond League series intensify.
Olympic 400metres silver medalist Boniface Mucheru Tumuti from Kenya Defence Forces and Margaret Wambui Nyairera, the Olympic 800metres bronze winner, forms the bulk of high ranking runners expected for the two daysâ€™ competitions.
More top athletes will also be drawn from the elite squads of Athletics Kenya Institutional affiliates including Kenya Police Service, Kenya Prisons and the KDF who prides in having Kenyan world beaters.
We will be testing our athletes shape in Thika as we step up training for our inter-regions that will precede our national championships. There is more to be done especially in the sprints, said a senior coach from Prisons Service, who preferred to remain anonymous.
Apart from gauging their preparedness ahead of the bank-swelling Diamond League that will start on May 5th in Doha, Qatar, local sprinters will be chasing better times to enable them qualify for the IAAF World Championships in London this year.
The Thika assembly is the third gathering in this year Athletics Kenya Calendar of events and is coming after Bondo in Nyanza North and Mumias in Western where competitions were held at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University and at Mumias Sports Complex.
Nakuru, Kisii and Eldoret will host the next three series on 5th and 6th, 13th and 14th, and 19th and 20th of May while Shangai, Eugene and Rome will stage the Diamond League legs on 13th and 27th of May and 8th of June.
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