The 2017 Athletics Kenya Relay Series started on a higher scale with Sprinters showcasing their capacity during the first Meeting in Nairobi over the weekend.
All Africa Games 400metres Silver medalist Boniface Mweresa excelled in his specialty as sprinting queen Grace Kidake came out of hibernation to dominate the 200metres during the opener held at Nairobi West Prisons Playing Fields on Saturday.
Mweresa, running for the Kenya Defense Forces, won the lap race in 46.5 followed by Rugby player-turn sprinter Collins Omae in 47.0 and third-placed Vincent Kosgei who managed 48.0 in the well-attended kick off.
In the shorter sprints, Mark Otieno dictated the wins in 100m and 200m after chalking 10.3 and 21.1 seconds and declared his intend to rumble in the season after polishing on his previous techniques.
“I made several mistakes last season in my sprinting and I have been working on the techniques with my coach and we look forward to better results this year,” said Otieno whose performance during the Africa Senior Championships in Durban, South Africa, was not impressive last June.
In 100m, Ferdinand Omanyala and Emmanuel Lentukunye trailed Otieno in second and third places while Peter Mwai finished runners up in 200m.
For Kidake, it was a new beginning after maternal leave. She clocked 15.6 in 200m ahead of Patricia Isisi and Mary Chepkoech who returned second and third in 26.0 and 26.3 respectively.
In 100metres, Damaris Akoth outclassed Rose Watakwa and Verah Lore after sprinting in 12.2. Her challengers were timed 12.5 and 12.8 while in 400metres; Jacinta Shikanda annihilated Silvia Chesebe and Everline Makena, timing 55.2 for the victory.
Chesebe and Makena stopped the timers in 55.5 and 57.4 during championships keenly monitored by Athletics Kenya Senior Vice President Paul Mutwii and other top officials.
The 5-tier series are to provide build-up to Relays Teams prospects ahead of the trials on April 1st where the national team will be picked for the IAAF World Relays scheduled for Nassau, Bahamas, on 22nd and 23rd of April 2017.
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