World 5,000 metres champion Hellen Obiri leads a galaxy of elite athletes invited to the Commonwealth Games trials slated for this Saturday at Moi, Kasarani Stadium.
The Olympic silver medallist has been entered for the 12-lap race and faces a competitive field that includes world cross country bronze medalist, Lilian Kasait, Immaculate Chepkirui, Margaret Kipkemboi, Nancy Wambua, Caroline Chepkoech and Margaret Muriuki.
In the start list released by organisers, Athletics Kenya, Africa 10,000m champion Alice Aprot starts as the front runner in the 25-lap race. Aprot, a seasoned runner in the race will face the newly crowned national cross country champion Stacy Ndiwa, former world junior 3000m champion Sandrafelis Chebet, Beatrice Mutai, Emmily Chebet, Pauline Kaveke and Pascalia Chepkorir.
Former world 800m champion Janeth Jepkosgei makes a return to competitive running after maternity leave in her two-lap race. Jepkosgei, who broke into stardom by winning the Commonwealth Games gold in Melbourne in 2006, will face her protege and former world champion Eunice Sum and Olympic 800m bronze medallist Margaret Nyairera in what will be stellar cast for the race. Others to look out include Eglay Nalianya and Regina Murugi.
Former world 3000m steeplechase champion Hyving Kiyeng has been entered for he water jump, hoping to make amends for last year’s horror show at the World Championships in London.
She will be up against the world Under-20 3000m steeplechase record holder, Celliphine Chespol, the upcoming Beatrice Chepkoech, Purity Kirui, Norah Jeruto, Mercy Njoroge and Caroline Tuigong among others. Winny Chebet and and Judith Kiyeng lead the entries for the 1,500m race but face stiff opposition from Beatrice Chepkoech and Caroline Chepkemoi alongside Emmy Chepkirui.
The top three athletes across the line will gain selection to the Team ahead of the Club Games slated for Gold Coast, Australia from April 4-15. Kenya will pick 65 athletes including 36 men and 29 women for the event. Kenya topped the medal standings in athletics at the 2014 Glasgow Games in Scotland with 23 medals—10 gold, 10 silver and three bronze.
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