AK puts athletes on notice

By ronnie evans
Jun 07, 2017
  • Susan Kamau (L), the AK CEO confirmed that only athletes who attained qualifying times will attend the triels. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Athletes have been put on notice over possible gray areas as they prepare to represent Kenya if selected when the Safaricom Athletics Kenya National Championship takes the centre stage from Thursday at the Nyayo National Stadium.

The track and field showpiece, will act as a benchmark for the various athletes vying for slots to the World Athletics Championship which is slated for August in London, England.

It will also be an opportunity for the field stars to lay down their marker to meet the qualifying standards.

AK through CEO Susan Kamau confirmed that all the 16 branches affiliated to the athletics governing body will take part in the three day event.

However, she urged the competitors to proceed with caution. “We want to have a good and clean competition. We have already put out word out there to the athletes on the guidelines. We will be vigilant to ensure that our stance on anti-doping is followed through,” she said.

Of the affiliated branches invited, Kenya Defence Forces, Kenya Police Service and Kenya Prisons are all once again expected to provide stellar athletes that will be the toast of the competition’s pedig.

Kenya Prisons has world cross country silver medalist Alice Aprot who will be running in the 10,000m and versatile current Olympic 800m bronze medalist, Margaret Nyairera.

Nyairera showed her versatility in the regional championship when when she won the 200m final.

Kiprop to lead police charge

Expected to lead the Kenya Police charge is Olympic 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop who also won gold for Team Kenya in the world cross country championship​ mixed relay event.

Javelin star and Olympic silver medalist Julius Yego who easily blew the field away in the Kenya Police Championship.

KDF has Olympic 400m hurdles silver medalist Boniface Mucheru who will test his resolve in his speciality. He is set to come up against world champion Nicholas Bett who has endured a torrid spell since his triumph in 2015.

The sprints is set to light up the competition as former national record holder and Olympian Mike Mokamba (KDF) clashes with new sensation Ferdinand Omunyala who ran a sub-10 second in the Kenya Prisons championship.

Hellen Obiri, the Olympic 5000m silver medalist will headline KDF’s women division.

Other affiliated branches expected to field teams are Nairobi, South Rift, Nyanza South, Central Rift, North Rift, Central, North Eastern, Southern, Eastern, Universities, Nyanza North, Western and Coast.

Kamau added that only those athletes that have attained the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships qualifying standards will be invited for the national trials slated for later this month.