Nyahururu athletes ready to rumble
Nyahururu based athletes yesterday promised to take the battle to the elite runners during the World Championships cum Commonwealth Games trials in Nairobi this Saturday.
Stanley Waithaka, who is seeking to raise the stature of his athletics profile, said the 5,000 metres race that he will be running in will be a titanic battle as the meet has top guns who have recorded commendable time this season.
He was referring to Nicholas Kimeli who clocked 12:46.33 at the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea in Rome, Italy two weeks ago. Kimeli’s time is the sixth-fastest time ever.
Jacob Krop who also ran an impressive 12:46.79 in the same race in Rome is another challenger Waithaka said cannot be ignored in the trials.
“But we know how to handle the challengers during the race,” Waithaka said and promised to display teamwork with his training mate Emmanuel Kiprop in the race.
Kiprop on his part said: “This will be a race like any other and all (runners) will be in contention.”
The duo aim to achieve World Championships team slots by finishing in the top three positions.
Waithaka will be seeking to wear national colours for the third time after the Nairobi Under-18 World Championship where he won bronze in the 3000m race in 2017 and the 5000m silver he won during the U-20 World Champs in Tempere, Finland the following year.
Kiprop will be seeking to represent the country for first time.
He is one the fastest rising long distance runners in the country at the moment.
Japan based 5000m runners Margaret Ekidor and Teresia Muthoni exuded confidence saying their training has gone on very well and are looking forward to a fantastic race in Nairobi.
Muthoni, the Nairobi 2021 World U-20 3000m champion, clocked a personal best of 14:44.89 during the Eugene Diamond League meet where she finished 5th and hopes to get team place during the trials. In May, she finished second in 5000m during the 3rd Athletics Kenya weekend meeting in Nairobi, behind Ekidor.