By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
World 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri of
Kenya says there will be no love lost when she faces Ethiopia’s
Genzebe Dibaba at the Africa Championships, which starts in
Asaba, Nigeria from Aug 1-5.
Obiri has lost twice
to the Ethiopian this season, at the Diamond League and the
World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, England. Now the
Kenyan is plotting a revenge assault against the Ethiopian.
“We will have some
good competition in Nigeria. I was not in my best form when I
ran in Birmingham and I have since recovered and showed what I
can do. Now the quest for World Cup ticket will inspire me to
win my first Africa Championship medal,” said Obiri on Saturday
Obiri will have to
team up with Lillian Kasait and Loise Chemning in the 5,000m
contest while in the 1,500m race, Kenya will look out for former
World Junior champion Winny Chebet, Mary Kuria and Judith Kiyeng.
Ethiopia has named a
strong 64-member team for the African Championships led by world
record-holder and double world indoor champion Genzebe Dibaba
who will compete in both the 5,000m and 1,500m races.
The team also
includes reigning world indoor 1500m champion Samuel Tefera,
former world U20 5,000m champion Selemon Barega, recently
crowned world U20 800m champion Diribe Welteji and former world
5,000m silver medalist Senbere Teferi.
Kenya and Ethiopia
have sparred for medals in the middle and long distance and
Nigeria will be offering yet another opportunity for the two
great athletic nations to contest.
dominance has been raffled with athletes from Uganda, Eritrea
and Morocco stealing the show when least expected.
missing out the World U20 championships in Tampere due to lack
of funds, Botswana will field a weakened team to the African
The Botswana team
will not have 2018 Commonwealth 400m champions Isaac Makwala and
Amantle Montsho, as well as another 400m specialist Karabo
Sibanda, who are all injured.
This will have an
impact on the result of the individual 400m as well as on the
4x400m relay in Asaba.
The team is still in
position to collect possibly three individual medals through
Nijel Amos in the 800m and Baboloki Thebe and Christine
Botlogetswe in the 400m.