The 2017 Safaricom Athletics Kenya National Track and Field contests will take place from Thursday this week at Nyayo National Stadium with all the 16 affiliated branches fielding their finest.
The national championships come after all the federations regions concluded their selections last weekend with new upstarts propelling themselves to competitive running.
Renewed rivalry will pity athletes from the disciplined institutions as the tussle for retention of coveted trophies play out during the three-day championships sponsored by telephone service provider Safaricom and Athletics Kenya.
As it have been characteristics with the annual challenge, new champions will emerge from the production line and big names will be missing in action after transiting to the road races running after dominating local and abroad scenes.
The national championships will be another chance for coaches to test their new talents after brilliant performance during national and regional championships. We have young and energetic sprinters taking over, said a senior sprint coach from Kenya Police Service.
A blistering battle awaits the two main rivals the Kenya Defense Forces and the Kenya Police Service as each side go for every single point to amass the maximum to defend trophies decorating their selves as the regions charm each other for superiority.
The Kenya Prison Service will be boasted by the new signees with Margaret Wambui, Alice Aprot, and Wilfred Kimitei mounting formidable onslaught.
Newly discovered Ferdinand Omanyala, Dennis Otieno, Maximila Imali and Damaris Akoth will dominate the sprints while Nicholas Kiplagat, Lydia Cheruto and Gloria Kite will send shock waves in the middle distant events.
In the field, Dominic Abunda, Rose Rakamba and Boaz Monyancha will have to up their hammer and shot put throwing skills in order to attain qualifying distant for the World championships this year.
Athletics Kenya Acting Chief Executive Officer Susan Kamau said all the 16 AK branches with take part during the three days competitions that will see most of the finals held during the last day on Saturday.
Only those who have attained the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships standards will be invited for the trials for the August global event after the national.
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