Cross Country ace Sandrafelis Chebet and bubbling Emmanuel Bett will be the athletes to beat during the 4th round of Athletics Kenya Cross Country competitions that would be taking place in Iten this Saturday where top guns are keen to participate.
Some dreams will be shuttered while others realized in the hillside town, known for her long distant running production fertility, where previous winners have vowed to defend their titles.
Homeboy Emmanuel Kipsang, the winner of the last two editions of Iten Cross-country, will be keen to dethrone Bett who reigned supreme in Ol Kalau during the 3rd leg in Nyandarua County. The latter was 3rd last year behind Kipsang and 2013 national champion Philemon Rono.
Sandra, who hails from Londiani in the South Rift and has maintained unbeaten slate since the cross country season begun in October, will be the top attraction where she will be facing it off with Immaculate Chebet and Nelly Jeptoo during the race to be held at Iten playing grounds in the County baptized ‘The Home of Champions’.
But it is the presence of budding athletes from the region’s training hubs and the elite cadres from the disciplined forces that will spice the one-day competitions expected to magnetize international runners from the surrounding Counties of West Pokot, Uasin Gishu, Nandi and Baringo.
Pius Kiplagat Lai, the local Athletics Kenya Chair, confirmed preparations are in top gear and appealed to prospective participants to turn up in large numbers.
“We are putting up the final touches on the ground. We want the competitors to have the best course. We are sure our race will be the most competitive,” said Lai after meeting all the regional officials.
Other top athletes anticipated to grace the competitions include Nairobi winner David Bett, runner-up Peter Matelong, Franklin Ngelel, Lilian Kasait and local queen Gloria Kite.
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