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Ndigiti wary of walk giants as veterans eye slots

Gibo Zachary and James Magayi @Peoplesports11

World Under-18 bronze medallist Dominic Ndigiti is set to face the country’s great walkers Samuel Gathimba, Eric Shikuku in a battle for Commonwealth Games tickets in tomorrow’s trials at Kasarani Stadium.

Ndigiti returns to the scene of his heroics last year when he walked to a rare bronze during the IAAF World Under-18 Championships but the youngster is set to graduate from junior to senior in the trials for an opportunity to represent Kenya in Gold Coast, Australia in April.

He will, however, not have it easy as Gathimba is the reigning Africa champion while Wachira represented the country in the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil. “I know I’m facing experienced guys in this race but I will give them no room.

I will be with them shoulder to shoulder and I am confident that things will go in my favour,” said Ndigiti. He added: “In Machakos, I raced with Gathimba and Wachira during the Athletics Kenya track and field event and the former managed to beat me narrowly by three seconds as I finished second.

Going by that, I am optimistic of getting a ticket to Australia.” Meanwhile, 400m hurdles duo Nicholas Bett and Boniface Mucheru will star in the trials as will fast rising Kipyegon Bett and former World junior men champion Alfred Kipketer.

“The deadline for athletes registration and accreditation elapsed a while back but we have put in a request for a number of our runners. We have crossed fingers awaiting response but the organizers also want our best team to participate so there is hope,” said Athletics Kenya Public Relations director Evans Bo- sire.

Women’s 800m has a rich field comprising Olympic bronze medallist Margaret Nyairera, 2013 World champion Eunice Sum and veteran Janet Jepkosgei. AK has invited over 250 participants for the two-day event.

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