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Kenya hopeful of Commonwealth medals

03 June 2014, 09:17

Nairobi - Kenya is in buoyant mood ahead of next month's Commonwealth Games.

The games, scheduled for Glasgow in Scotland, come on the back of local athletes hitting form just at the right time.

The Commonwealth Games kicks-off on July 23 and ends on August 3. Organisers have lined-up various sporting disciplines to be contested.

Kenya, internationally known for its traditional long distance running, is poised for a medal  haul in track events.

Record breaking golden ladies, Margaret Jelimo, Hellen Obiri, Faith Jepngetich and Irene Jelagat, who set the world record in 4 x 1500m world record recently, have since booked their places into the national championships to screen the final winners to the Commonwealth Games.

Not to be outdone is the current World Half Marathon record holder, Florence Kiplagat, and her teammate, Faith Kipsum, who won the women’s 10 000metres at Kamariny Stadium in Iten over the weekend to also book places for their national championships ahead of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games.

Another strong female competitor, Ivy Kiyeng won in a separate women’s 10 000m with close challenger Maureen Jepkoech coming with former world junior 3000m steeplechase champion, Purity Cherotich, also qualifying.

In the men's category, long distance runner Hosea Nailel qualified for the national finals following his emphatic victory in the men's 10 000metres strongly contested at the University of Eldoret grounds. Kennedy Kipyego came second.

 - CAJ News

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