The Star (Nairobi)

7 June 2013

Kenya: Central Rift Runners Converge in Eldoret for Qualifying Battle

CHASE for the world qualifying times intensifies today as University of Eldoret play host to Central Rift athletic Championships. Athletes from Elgeyo Marakwet, Nandi, Baringo and hosts Uasin Gishu converge in Eldoret with an aimof making it to the national trials next month at Nyayo Stadium. Former Africa 10,000m champion Wilson Kiprop and world cross country junior silver medallist, Agnes Jebet leads the Uasin Gishu onslaught.

Kiprop who is also the world half marathon champion will be competing in the men's 10,000m while Jebet, who won a bronze medal at the world junior championships, will be chasing glory in 1,500m race.

Others include Amos Togom, Hillary Kibet and Alex Kibet, who will lock horns in the men's 5,000m. Joyline Koima (Baringo), Agnes Barsosio (Nandi) and Agnes Chebet from Uasin Gishu will fight it out in the woemn's 5,000m. Central Rift region chairman, Abraham Mutai, said they will use the event as a yardstick to pick their team for the nationals.

"We need a strong team that will go all the way to Moscow and we will be strict on time. We are hopeful that we will get a strong team," Mutai said. "Foreign athletes especially those based in Eldoret will also use the event for build-up purposes and the coaches will be present to spot talent," he added.

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