Africa 800m champion David Rudisha is among top athletes expected to compete at the New KCC Athletics Kenya track and field meeting in Kakamega. Others include Olympic men 1,500m silver medallist Asbel Kiprop, Africa gold medallist Haron Keitany and women world 5,000m silver medallist Vivian Cheruiyot .
Rudisha, one of Kenya’s top Olympic medal prospects, missed the Beijing Games with an injury after a sterling performance in the African championships in Addis Ababa in April 2008. Among the top runners Rudisha will be up against is Kiprop who has shifted his focus to two-lap race. Cheruiyot will be running in the women 1,500m race.
Commonwealth 5,000m champion Augustine Choge and Africa 5000m silver medalist Isaac Songok are among other elite runners expected at the Bukhungu Stadium meeting. The prisons team in Eldoret includes Thomas Longosiwa, Jonathan Komen and Emmily Maiyo.
Kiprop will be seeking to improve his speed before travelling to Doha, Qatar for the IAAF Grand Prix race on May 8. Several top Kenyan athletes who have given the local circuit a miss will are expected to run in the lucrative race in the Middle East to test of their readiness of the season.
“I will be running in Kakamega. I need to keep myself busy and have been training hard. But I will try the 800m race. I need to gauge my speed,” said Kiprop. Kiprop, has a personal best time in the two lap race at 1:44.71, which he set in Lausanne last year. He said he intends to run faster if given challenge and is aiming to clock a sub 1:45.
Cheruiyot, who holds Kenya’s record in 5,000m race at 14:22.51, skipped the cross country season early in the year to focus on the lucrative indoor championship in United States and Europe.