• Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui wins the men's marathon athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships London 2017


May 18, 2016

The local Track Competitions draws to a close this weekend after all the Athletics Kenya affiliated regions conclude their championships ahead of the national showbiz next week.


The Central Region will stage their final selections at the Thika Municipal on Thursday and Friday while Nairobi region assembles at Nyayo Stadium on Thursday before the annual mouth-watering national-cum Africa selection from the 26th to 28th this month.


These are among the last regions to pick their teams after the selection deadline last week that saw the Central Rift, the Universities and the North Rift stage their championships last weekend.


The Kenya Defense Forces, Kenya Police Service and The Kenya Prisons were the first sides to conclude their national championships as athletes begun fighting for tickets to represent the country in the Africa Championships in Durban and the Rio Olympics.


 Other regions that are expected to hold their championships includes Eastern, Nyanza North and South, Coast, Southern and Western as well as the South Rift.


The grass-root competitions were preceded by six Athletics Kenya Premium Track and Field Weekend Meetings that aided the athletes in their build-up and in fine-tuning their training during the months of February, March and April.


The six-leg series were held in Bondo in Nyanza North, Mumias in Western, Thika in Central, Nakuru in the South Rift Region, Kisii in Nyanza South and Eldoret in the Central Rift with team prospects taking part in their respective races.


With the International Association of Athletics Federation World Challenge and Diamond League already in progress, the national championships is a pre-requisite for the July Olympic trial and all those training their sight on the quadrennial  games will be forced to forego the money-minting Meetings in order to be counted at home.


So far, World champions Asbel Kiprop, Hyvin Kiyeng, David Rudisha and Ezekiel Kemboi have appeared in Doha and Shanghai with mixed results.