Friday, May 24, 2024

Kenya: Commonwealth Champion Kibiwot, Anyango Signal Up for Sirikwa Basic as Countdown to Large Day Continues

Nairobi — World 3000m steeplechase bronze medalist Abraham Kibiwot is amongst elite athletes who will compete within the senior males’s 10km race at this yr’s Sirikwa Basic World Cross Nation Tour on February 3 in Eldoret.

Kibiwot will battle for the highest prize with others, together with the 2018 world half marathon silver medalist Aron Kifle of Eritrea, the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Video games champion Edwin Bett of Kenya and Africa Below 20 5000m bronze medalist Vincent Kimaiyo, amongst others.

A wonderful efficiency at Lobo Village would be the excellent catalyst for a plentiful harvest for the Commonwealth Video games 3000m steeplechase champion who is anticipated to symbolize Kenya on the Olympic Video games in Paris in July.

For Bett, the Sirikwa Basic will deliver again fond reminiscences of his final time in Eldoret when he clocked 23:22 to complete second on the Nice Chepsaita Cross Nation Run on the shut of final yr.

Not like Bett, 19-year-old Kimaiyo completed a disappointing sixteenth in the identical race and will probably be praying for a greater final result in his subsequent competitors in Eldoret.

One other Kenyan teenager hoping to make an announcement within the males’s race is Daniel Kosen who clocked 27:01 to complete third finally yr’s Valencia Ibercaja 10km race in Spain — in what was his greatest efficiency in 2023.

International contingent

Different foreigners who will probably be in rivalry within the males’s race embrace Collins Kgadima and Keaton Stansfeld of South Africa, and Peter Gidoska of Tanzania.

Stansfeld will probably be competing within the race for the second time, having completed 62nd in final yr’s race after timing 44:25.

Alternatively, 29-year-old Gidoska has already competed on Kenyan soil this yr — on the 2nd Athletics Kenya Monitor and Area Weekend Assembly on January 5 — the place he completed fifth within the males’s 5000m after clocking 14:18.1.

Girls on kind

The women’ race additionally guarantees to be one to observe for, what with the entry of world half marathon bronze medalist Catherine Amanang’ole, 2022 nationwide cross nation champion Grace Loibach and the latest lengthy distance working sensation — Emmaculate Anyango.

Twenty-three-year-old Anyango continues to show heads together with her wonderful performances in cross nation and highway races and could be odds-on to proceed her streak of podium finishes at Sirikwa.

She got here to prominence in January final yr when she clinched the ladies’s race on the Discovery Cross Nation Championships earlier than closing 2023 with a win on the Iten leg of the AK Cross Nation Weekend Sequence.