Emmanuel Masinde @baromeo
Uasin Gishu County, christened “Home of Champions” due to its rich athletics talent will this weekend play host to the final Athletic Kenya (AK) track and field event to be staged at Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eldoret town.
Slated for today and tomorrow, the event is set to attract both elite and untested track and field athletes as the chase for national trials slots continue ahead of the IAAF World Championships scheduled for August in London.
AK branch chairman Abraham Mutai says more than 300 athletes have signed up for the event including those who skipped other legs in Embu, Bondo, Thika, Nakuru and Kisii.
There are a number of athletes who missed the AK rule of featuring in at least two meetings in the first five legs and want to ensure they comply by participating in the final event.
“This AK track and field trial has attracted many athletes especially those who missed meetings in other places so we expect a huge number since it is the last event in the AK annual series on the track and field front,” said Mutai.
“Eldoret being the epicentre of athletics, everybody wants to attend and we are delighted by the big numbers,” he added. Top athletes expected during the meeting include 800m double Olympic and world record holder David Rudisha, Commonwealth 800m winner Eunice Sum, Commonwealth silver medallist Jairus Birech and Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion Conselus Kipruto.