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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 Ngong Road.

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 Examinations.

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 by.

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