Obiri, Moraa expected to take part in AK Kisii race


Kenya's Hellen Onsando Obiri (C) wins heat 1 in the women's 5000m athletics event at the 2017 ...
Kenya's Hellen Onsando Obiri (C) wins heat 1 in the women's 5000m athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD

Over 500 athletes are expected to grace the second Athletics Kenya (AK) Track and Field Competition to be hosted at the Kisii University,  Kisii County on Friday and Saturday.

AK Nyanza South chairman, Peter Angweny, has urged athletes to come out in large numbers for the two day meeting to test their training programme as they prepare for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

Angwenyi pointed out that all disciplines will take place except the 3,000m steeplechase and pole vault events due to lack of equipment. This is the second time that some events have been left out after the first meeting in Kisumu, Nyanza County, where only sprints and field events took place, leaving out the middle and long distance races.

 “We are appealing to all athletes who are looking for a slot for the Commonwealth Games to come and gauge themselves for the two week competition. Arrangements have already been finalised and we expect a big turnout. We expect many athletes from the disciplined forces and the counties that surround Nyanza County,” Angwenyi told Citizen Digital.

Kenya's Hellen Onsando Obiri reacts after winning the final of the women's 5000m athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV
Kenya’s Hellen Onsando Obiri reacts after winning the final of the women’s 5000m athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV

 The Kisii weekend event makes a comeback after they failed to host it earlier this year due to a congested AK 2016/2017 calendar . However, Angwenyi, the former AK Public Relations is excited about the event adding that Olympian Charles Asati is spearheading the Local Organising Committee to ensure everything is up to standard.

“People have started confirming especially the top gun athletes because they like how we organise our events. Several teams and coaches have been contacting me wanting confirmation that we will host the event after we missed out on the other one. I invite all athletes for a very competitive meet,” said Angwenyi.

Some of the home favourites expected to grace the event include championships medalists lead by Olympics silver and World champion Hellen Obiri, World U-18 Championships silver medallist Mary Moraa and Mike Mukamba.

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