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Speedsters line up in final race for Nassau spots

Thursday April 9 2015

Boniface Mweresa. He will be one of the runners to watch in the 4x400m men at the National Relays finals on Friday. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Boniface Mweresa. He will be one of the runners to watch in the 4x400m men at the National Relays finals on Friday. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

AYUMBA AYODI
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Breathtaking moments beckon when Kenya hosts their National Relays finals at the Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani this evening.

Athletics Kenya will use the event to select the national team for the World Relay Championships slated for May 1 and 2 in Nassau, Bahamas.

Olympics champion and world 800m record holder David Rudisha has requested to be exempted from the World Relay Championships when the national team is named today. Africa champions Botswana, Nigeria and South Africa will field teams in men’s 4x400m events as they battle the finest of Kenyan teams selected during the series.

The women’s 4x400m will also be a thriller with Nigeria, who are the Africa champions, fielding a team against Kenyan squads.

The main focus will likely be on men’s 4x400m that will wrap up the evening at 7pm where Africa 400m champion Isaac Makwala from Botswana will headline the field.

Makwala, who has personal best of 44.01 set at La Chaux-de-Fonds, France in July last year, won the Africa title in a Championship Record time of 44.23. Makwala will team up with his continental winning quartet of the Commonwealth Games and Africa 800m champion Nijel Amos, Pako Seribe and Leaname Maotoanong.

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South Africa were expected to name their teams on Wednesday.

Kenya “A” still has quality in their midst together with experience from the 2013 World Championships with the likes of Alfas Kishoyan and Boniface Mweresa, who will team up with 2013 World Youth  400m bronze medallist Alex Sampao and Michael Makan. 

“I am determined to make it to Nassau and help Kenya in their bid to qualify for the World Championships,” said Kishoyan.

\, who missed last year’s World Relays as he was at the Kenya Defense Forces Recruit Training School alongside Mweresa.

Kishoyan ran the fastest time in the previous Series of 46.1 a fortnight ago with Mweresa returning second fastest of 46.3 followed by Sampao 47.0.

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