World Cross Country Champion Geoffrey Kamworor and new kid on the block Ferdinand Omanyala displayed distinctive class with thrilling running skills before Athletics Kenya Premier sequence folded up in Eldoret over the weekend.
The final premier track and field show lived to its billing with two stadium records and several new champions born ahead of the national championship that will act as the mini-world championship in Nairobi in July.
Though he lost the 1,500metres title to little known James Tenai, Kamworor, also the World half-marathon champion, did not disappoint his fans as he honoured the finals of the shorter race which he lost by a whisker, timing 3:43.4 against Tenaiâ€™s 3:43.2.
â€œIt feel good running in front of my fans. I could not let them down after cheering me ecstatically during the semi final yesterday (Friday). I was also testing my speed on the track,â€ said the champion who intends to run in the 5,000metres during the nationals.
In the sprints and field, new star Ferdinand Omanyala and Dominic Abunda posted the stadium best with the former recording hand-timed9.9 and 20.2 in 100metres and 200metres dashes during the finals of the two events on Saturday.
Omanyala was in his own class with head starts in the semi-final where he received accolade for his sprinting power, obliterating favourites Dennis Otieno and Geoffrey Kiprotich who managed 10.3 and 20.4 respectively.
In 10,000metres, upcoming Joram Lumbasi and Roselinda Jepketer, both running as individuals, emerged the best after winning their respective races in 29:16.7 and 33:30.4 apart.
Bernard Kimeli of Kenya Wildlife Service and Daniel Kipchumba from Complete Sport trailed Lumbasi in 29:18.1 and 29:29.5 while Jepketerâ€™s followers were Mary Munanu (33:42.5) and Gladys Songol (35:48.3).
In the absence of the big boys and women in the middle distant classes, new entrants took advantage to showcase their talents with James Tenai and Gloria Kite winning 1,500metres apart in 3:43.2 and 4:14.8.
Nicholas Kiplagat and Lydia Cheruto were the winners of the 800metres titles where the former managed 1:46.5 with the latter timing 2:04.5 during the competitions graced by Athletics Kenya President Lt General Rtd Jack Tuwei and his Deputy Paul Mutwii.
In the field, Dominic Abunda of KDF achieved his best in Hammer throw after tossing 61.11 metres against closer rival Boaz Manyancha, also representing KDF, who hurled the metal a distant of 49.86metres.
The conclusion of the series paves way for more intensive training as the athletes polish their skills ahead of the national championships that is scheduled to take place on June 8th and 9th in Nairobi.
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