June 11, 2017

The three-day National Athletics Championships ended at the Nyayo National Stadium on a flavouring taste with sprinters producing glittering performance in the finals.


The national showbiz witnessed spirited challenge mounted by newly minted talents from institutions despite of the absence of most of the elite currently sharpening their skills in the rewarding Diamond League Series in Europe.



Mark Otieno, running for Eastern Region, and Maximila Imali of National Police Service, exhibited their sprinting aptitude in 100metres men dash and in women 400metres by setting new national records.



Otieno, 24, had a head-start in the final when he registered a blistering 10:14 seconds not only to out-sprint title favourite Ferdinand Omanyala of Kenya Prisons Service but lowered Mike Mokambas 2015 national record that stood at 10:23.



On her part, Imali set the stadium aflame with unpredicted 51.18, shattering Ruth Waithera’s 33-years old national record that was set in Lose Angels in 1984.



Both athletes attained the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships standards and will be legible to compete in London this coming August.



The two national records performance marked the climax of the three-day championship that brought together the 16 Athletics Kenya affiliates where Kenya Defence Forces emerged the overall winners.



In other highlights, a school boy dazzled the crowd when he finished second in 1,500metres ahead of pre-final bet Asbel Kiprop.



Justus Soget, a form 2 student at Nakuru’s Kirobon High School and a son of former high school steeplechase champion Christopher Soget, narrowly missed the top podium place after timing 3:41.5 against the winner Timothy Cheruiyots 3:41.0.



Asbel, three-time World Champion in the event, finished 3rd in 3:42.6 while Beatrice Chepkoech and Judy Kiyeng completed first and second in the women class in 4:03.2 and 4:04.4 respectively.



In the longer 10,000 and 5,000 metres, Africa Queen Alice Aprot upcoming Patrick Kimeli dictated the victories in the 25-lap event, clocking 31:50.5 and 27:53.3 while Franklin Ngelel from KDF (13:36.7) and on-form Lilian Kasait (National Police Service) won the two titles with the latter returning 15:53.4



Kenya Defence Forces won both the men and the women trophies while National Police Service and Kenya Prisons finished second and third in overall ranking.



The national championships, sponsored by Safaricom and Athletics Kenya, paved way for the national trials set for 24th June where the national team for the World championships will be selected.


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