Chespol leads 10K field at Kapsokwony AK meet


Chespol leads 10K field at Kapsokwony AK meet
Celliphine Chepteek Chespol (L) and Emmaculate Chepkurui clears the huddle in 3000m steeple chase women during the world U20 Athletics Kenya trials at Kasarani stadium in Nairobi on April 12,2018.Photo/Oliver Ananda/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • All is set for the third Athletics Kenya (AK) Cross Country meet slated for Saturday at the Kapsokwony High School, Bungoma County
  • World Under-20 3000m Steeplechase Champion Cellphine Chespol will highlight the 10km senior race together with other athletes from the region including former World 10,000m champion Linet Masai

All is set for the third Athletics Kenya (AK) Cross Country meet slated for Saturday at the Kapsokwony High School, Bungoma County.

World Under-20 3000m Steeplechase Champion Cellphine Chespol will highlight the 10km senior race together with other athletes from the region including former World 10,000m champion Linet Masai.

Commonwealth Games 5000m bronze medalist Rodgers Kwemoi will also participate while 2009 10,000m bronze medalist Moses Ndiema Masai will make an appearance although he will not compete.

Athletes from other regions will as well grace the event with serial winner Sandrafelis Chebet from Londiani who skipped the Ol Kalou meet set to participate in the senior category.

According to AK Western region acting chairman Patrick Kipsang they expect a large turn out from the local and neighbouring regions as well.

“We are ready for the Cross Country where we expect a huge number of athletes to participate. Among the elite athletes who have confirmed their participation include Cellphine Chespol, Linet Masai and all the athletes from Mt. Elgon,” said Kipsang.

Teams from disciplined forces are expected to participate with the Kenya Police team led by National Police Services Athletics Chairman Joseph Kiget confirming their participation.

Registration will start early morning on Saturday before the 6km junior women race kicks starts the event.

Athletes from Ngong Training Camp, Nairobi are also among the participants same as the athletes under renowned coach Patrick Sang who trains the World Marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge.

AK top brass delegation will be led by senior vice president Paul Mutwii who is in charge of competitions and Nairobi branch chairman Barnabas Korir in charge of youth development.

This will be the penultimate AK Cross Country meet after AK slashed the series to only four in the entire season with the final meet slated for Kisii in January 12.

Thereafter, athletes will brace themselves for the Regional Championships that will culminate in the National Cross Country Championships cum World Cross Country trials to be held in Eldoret in February.

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