NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya Prisons head coach, Gideon Chirchir,
has backed his runners to occupy a bigger share of
places in the senior line-ups of the country’s team for
the 5th CAA Africa Cross Country
Championships in Chlef, Algeria.
announce the team for the March 17 biannual continental
event following the conclusion of the 2018 Athletics
Kenya (AK) National Cross Country Championships in
Nairobi on Saturday.
loaded line-ups in the women and men senior 10km races
fronted by Africa Cross titleholder, Alice Aprot and
continental 10000m track silver winner, Wilfred Kimitei
as they seek to break the domination of their chief
rivals, Kenya Police and Kenya Defence Forces.
“Our men had
a poor performance at the nationals last year. Almost
the entire squad was engaged in staff training in Ruiru
so we had no time to prepare well for the race. Peter
Emase, who finished in position eight, was our best in
“We have had
adequate time to prepare well ahead of this year’s
nationals. The squad is fit and I am expecting
encouraging results,” Chirchir said on Wednesday from
the team’s camp in Nairobi.
all to do to beat overwhelming favourite and New York
Marathon winner, Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor, who bagged
the 2018 Police title.
who finished second at the nationals last year, went on
to strike gold at the 2017 IAAF Kampala World Cross as
he held on to his crown and will be using the race as
build-up for the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships
in Valencia, Spain where he will be coming in as the
Under 20 champion, Richard Kimunyan from AK Central
Rift, who settled for bronze at in Kampala, Uganda, has
also graduated to the senior ranks and is take on the
established seniors at Uhuru Gardens.
Cross champion, James Rungaru, from Central has set his
sights on the big prize as he seeks a ticket to defend
his crown next month.
tipped Aprot to go one better than last year and bring
the women’s long race title to the jailers as the
department that has played second fiddle to their Kenya
Police and Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) rivals aims at
making a mark this year.
World Cross silver bronze winner, Cellphine Chespol and
2016 Paris Marathon champion, Visiline Jepkesho will
give Aprot string backing to take on a deep field where
world 5000m champion, Hellen Obiri of the Kenya Defence
Forces and Lillian Kasait Rengeruk who won the bronze in
Uganda and Stacy Ndiwa, are expected to feature.
2000m Under-18 steeplechase titleholder, Leonard Bett
and World 3000m Under-18 silver medalist, Edward Zakayo
will spearhead the junior men 8km battle for honours.
County Women’s Under-20 champion Miriam Cherop, World
Under-18 girls’ 2,000m steeplechase champion Caren
Chebet, World 800m Under-18 bronze medalist Lydia
Jeruto, World 1500m Under-18 bronze winner, Ednah
Jebitok are among those tipped to highlight the junior
6km women’s race.