Cross-country athletes ready for action
30 October 2014, 15:03
Nairobi - The Athletics Kenya (AK) cross-country series gets underway in Nairobi
on Saturday and hundreds of runners are expected to take part in the
season opening event which will take place at the Posta grounds near
The highlight on ght AK calendar doubles as a defence stage for the
41st IAAF World Cross Country Championships which are set for Guiyang,
China, in March next year.
While organisers are still struggling to find sponsors, it was
confirmed that 2014 KCB/AK cross-country jackpot winner Moses Mukono,
will not compete as he is writing his Kenya Certificate of Secondary
Defending champions Silas Kimutai and former national 5,000m champion
Mary Wachera have, however, confirmed that they would participate.
Kenya has dominated World Championships since 1986 when John Ngugi won his first of the five titles.
Kenya and Ethiopia are by far the most successful countries in the
world championships' history, having won 120 of the 159 available team
titles in World Cross-Country Championships.
The two nations have met 121 times where both have fielded full teams, with Kenya beating Ethiopia 79-42.
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Barnaba Korir, the race organiser and AK Nairobi branch chairman,
said they were ready to stage the event in which they are gearing up to
defend the junior men's title they won in March.
"We are taking the meeting seriously. We want to take a lion's share
in junior races at the World Cross Country Championships and the tedious
journey starts from here," said Korir.
John Mwithiga, the technical director, said the race would be
challenging if the course and the weather conditions are anything to go
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