After a weekend of bruising athletics activities, focus now shift to Kisii this weekend for the 2nd Athletics Kenya Track and Field Meeting on Friday and Saturday.
This is coming as the cut-down to the build-up to the April Commonwealth Games take shape with athletes keen on appealing to the selectors warming up in the Nyanza South region summit.
Athletics Kenya Regional Chairman Peter Angwenyi said the branch is ready and is optimistic the competitions will open the new season proper after the adjacent affiliate of Nyanza North hosted mainly sprinters a fortnight ago.
Local stars, drawing inspiration from their predecessors like Elkana Nyagau, Charles Asati, Yobes Ondieki and others, will take the home ground advantage to showcase their running talents during the competitions scheduled to take place at the Kisii University Stadium.
“Our elite athletes like former Commonwealth Games 10,000metres champion Grace Momanyi, All Africa Games Steeplechaser Ruth Bosibori, Stephen Arita and upcoming sprinters Boaz Araka, Gerald Momanyi Atuti, Mike Mokamba and World U18 medalist Mary Moraa, aka ‘Kisii Express’, will be running here on 1st and 2nd,” confirmed Angwenyi.
The official, who was recently appointed the Mountain Running Chairman by Athletics Kenya, added that Olympian and World Champion Helen Obiri will also be on the start line for the first time since winning 5,000metres in London last August.
Athletics Kenya Track and Field Competitions started on 18th this month with Kisumu’s Moi Stadium hosting short distant and field athletes during the opener.
Machakos and Eldoret will host the 3rd and 4th Competitions on December 15th and 16th and 29th and 30th respectively before the selections for the Commonwealth Games expected to run from April 8th to 15th in Gold Coast, Australia.
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