The selection process for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships kicks off this week with Athletics Kenya Disciplined Service affiliates picking their teams for the national contest.
The Forces, who provides the bulk of the country’s top cream, will renew their inter-units rivalry with their eyes focused on the limited tickets for the national championships slated for February 18th in Nairobi.
The three AK branches – Kenya Defense Forces, Kenya Prison Service and the Kenya National Police Service, will hold their nationals in Thika, at Uhuru Gardens and at Ngong Race course on Friday and Saturday.
In Thika, in-form Helen Obiri, upcoming Emmanuel Kipsang and veteran Stephen Arita will be the forces to reckon with after their impressive display during the Athletics Kenya Premium series that they employed for their build-up.
Apart from the two senior cross-country events, the Forces have also lined up a 15kilometres Road race opened to all contestants that will take place concurrently at the 12th Engineers in the Pineapples’-rich town of Kiambu County.
The World Cross Country Champion Geoffrey Kamworor is headlining the Police Service assembly at Ngong where he will be defending the title after beating team mates Augustine Choge and Asbel Kiprop last year.
In women, the absence of Olympic champion and cross-country talent-laden Vivian Cheruiyot will be felt after her choice of shifting to Road Race running.
Margaret Chelimo, Sheila Chesang and Faith Chepng’etich will be the champions to beat for the trophy in what is expected to be a fierce battle of supremacy in the Service bursting with crème de crème of the elite class.
At Uhuru Gardens where Athletics Kenya has been hosting the National Championships, new signees will dictate the winning with Africa Cross-country Champion Alice Aprot and former World junior champion Mangata Ndiwa ready to rule over the old order.
The weekend championships will be preceded by other affiliates a week later before the National Cross Country Championships on February 18th at Ngong Race Course.
Kenya will be selecting the national teams for the International Association of Athletics Federation World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda, on March 26th.
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