Obiri, Kering to defend KDF X-Country titles
- World 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri is set to highlight the 38th edition of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Cross Country Championships set for Friday at the Kahawa Barracks.
World 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri is set to highlight the 38th edition of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Cross Country Championships set for Friday at the Kahawa Barracks.
Obiri who has had a brilliant run in cross country this season having won the second Athletics Kenya (AK) cross country meet held in Ol Kalou in December after clocking 33:37.3 and recently emerged top at the Spanish race, Cross Internacional Juan Muguerza held in January 13 where she clocked 24:39, is expected to post an impressive show.
In last year’s edition, Obiri who is also the Commonwealth and African champion clocked 33:32 ahead of Jepkosgei (33:38) and Perine Nengampi (33:57) who is also in line for the Friday race.
World Half marathon record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei, the winner of the Kenya Army Cross Country championship, will however not feature on Friday having already secured a direct ticket to the national championships.
In the men category, defending champion Hillary Kering is expected to face off with the likes of Kennedy Njiru who clocked 27:37.01 to claim the honours at the Kenya Army Cross Country held in November last year and last year runner-up Frankline Ngelel.
Meanwhile, World Marathon champion Geoffrey Kirui who will be making a return to Boston Marathon in April is also set to grace the occasion although he is unlikely to participate in the event.
The 25-year- old has already stepped up his preparations as he seeks to reclaim the Boston title he won in 2017.
After the Friday event, KDF will form a team that will participate at the national cross country championships cum trials for the World Cross Country championships set for February 23 at the Eldoret Sports Club.
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