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Top battles expected at Rift Valley championships in four counties

Emmanuel Masinde @PeopleSports11

Fireworks are expected when the country’s athletics hotbed Rift Valley hosts its Athletics Kenya County Championships tomorrow.

Elgeyo Marakwet, Uasin Gishu, Baringo and Nandi will host their meetings in various venues with athletes vying for the few coveted tickets to the regional championships.

“City of Champions” Uasin Gishu will stage their meeting at the Moi University School of Law, Annex with branch secretary James Lagat saying competition will be tough given the calibre of runners expected.

“We want to give our athletes a good platform and come Saturday, we expect a tough challenge,” said Lagat.

Nandi, popularly known as the “Source of Champions,” will stage their championships at Kapsabet showground and just like Uaisin Gishu, branch secretary Kennedy Tanui expects stiff competition.

“Everything is set and we are sure of hosting a successful event. We want to select the best team to represent us at the Central Rift championships,” said Tanui, who also serves as the Chief Sports Officer, Nandi County.

In Baringo, World Under-18 silver medallists Lydia Jeruto (800m) and Cleophas Kandie (2,000m steeplechase) will be the star attractions. 

Jeruto, who recently won the Mumias AK meeting, and Kandie will be out to assert their authority at Metipso Primary School grounds with branch chairman Barnabas Kitilit confident the pair will make Team Kenya for upcoming international championships.

“Kandie will be competing in 3,000m steeplechase and Jeruto will be in her favourite two-lap race. We are well prepared and we want to produce the best team for the regional championships,” said Kitilit.

Kitilit, well-known for nurturing budding athletes in Rift Valley, says various training camps led by Torongo, Metipso and Solian will have their runners competing during the championships.

“Home of Champions” Elgeyo Marakwet will be hosting their meeting at Iten sports ground.

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