National championships start tomorrow at Nyayo Stadium

Published on 24/06/2009

By Mutwiri Mutuota

Athletes of various disciplines besieged Nyayo National Stadium in feverish last minute preparation ahead of the New KCC/AK National Championships starting tomorrow.

All around the stadium, track and field athletes including walkers engaged in final sharpening acts ahead of the three-day event that pools together teams drawn from all 16 affiliates of Athletics Kenya (AK).

Most athletes interviewed by FeverPitch yesterday exuded confidence ahead of the event where the national 10,000m teams for Berlin will be selected.

“I’m ready to make the men’s 10,000m team. I have been training in Kapsabet and I will be out there to do well.

“Competition will be tough but I’m targeting to be among those who will be in a position to challenge for places to make the team at the bell,” Matthew Kisorio, sixth finisher at the Amman World Cross (senior race) said.

Kisorio, 20, is competing in his debut season as a senior after graduating from the junior ranks last year.

Also training for the same race was Mark Kiptoo, the Armed Forces 5,000m champion who captained the national team for Amman and will be seeking to erase the disappointment of last year when he finished fourth at the Beijing trials.

World event

Elsewhere, 100m sensation Kipkemoi Soi, who ran a hand-timed Berlin qualification time of 10.00 at the Armed Forces championships is out to seal his ticket for the world event.

“What remains now is for me to finish the job this weekend then I can focus on the (July 25) Trials,” Soi observed.

Kenya Prisons sprinter, Thomas Musembi, who is seeking to qualify for World Championships in 400m, underlined his good shape for the championships.

“I’m satisfied with my current form that I believe will see me through to Berlin,” he said.

Former national 400m champion, George Kwoba, who has been troubled by persistent back injury, revealed he was nearing his best.

“That problem has now been rectified by doctors and I want to give it my best shot,” he said.

Beijing games

Veteran walker, David Kimutai, who is yet to qualify for a World Championships despite participating at Sydney 2000 and last year’s Beijing Olympics, seeks to post Berlin qualifying time at the championships.

“It’s one of the dreams I have been chasing all this time and I hope to make it by the grace of God,” the former Africa 20km walk champion disclosed.

Kenya Police head coach, Nicholas Kilisio confirmed his department would send out its strongest squad for the championships.

“We are seeking to produce as many national champions as we can and all our big names will be here,” Kilisio said.

The Kenya Police line-up includes World Cross senior women champion, Florence Kiplagat, Moses Mosop, Olympic 1,500m silver medallist, Asbel Kiprop, Olympic 800m women’s champion, Pamela Jelimo and Africa 1,500m champion, Haron Keitany.

Others include Masai Trilogy siblings of Moses, Linet and Dennis. “They will all be there,” Kilisio assured.

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