The last event in the 2014 Athletics Kenya and International calendar will be the 5th Premium AK/Kenya Commercial Bank cross country in Machakos this Saturday and the IAAF Permit Cross-country on Sunday in Bruxelles, Belgium.
The year-ender in Machakos, the 5th in a series of 6, would be providing platform for new jackpot contestants with entrants expected from Southern, Nairobi and Eastern regions of the Athletics Kenya affiliates.
So far, Sheila Chepng’etich and Julius Tanki are the front-runners for the overall crown after starring in Nairobi, Iten and Nyahururu during the opening four series.
Chepng’etich has won the 8kilometres senior women in Nairobi, Iten and Nyahururu while Tanki has clinched the 8kiolmetres junior men titles in Iten and Nyahururu and finished second in Nairobi during the opener.
Nancy Nzinza and Magdaline Masai are other serious contestants for the senior women overall title alongside Chepng’etich after finishing 3rd in Nairobi and Iten and 5th and 2nd in Iten and Kapsokwony respectively.
In the junior men, Tanki is being trailed by Davis Kiplagat who won during the first Meeting in Nairobi, finished 4th in Iten on November 15th and came 6th in Nyahururu early this month. Another close threat is Dominic Tarus who was ranked 3rd in Nairobi and 6th in Iten.
Emmanuel Bor and Philip Langat are the top performers in the senior men’s 12kilometres category. Bor took the first position in Iten and was 3rd in Kapsokwony while Langat was the winner in Nyahururu and was placed second during the Iten assembly in this most competitive class. Kathui Muya and Titus Mbishei took the wins in Nairobi and Mt Elgon apart.
The junior women 6km, different winners have dictated the list since the six legs commenced in Nairobi on November 1st. Jackline Ckepkoech won in Nairobi while Iveen Chepkomoi, Linah Cheruto and Sadra Chebet have emerged victorious in Iten, Kapsokwony and Nyahururu respectively.
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