World 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri and former Africa 5,000m champion Sheila Chepkirui face off in ladies’s 5,000m Monday because the Kenya Defence Forces Athletics Championships will get underway at Nyayo Nationwide Stadium.
Each athletes are in high type coming from magnificent preformance in races in Europe.
Obiri is recent from ending third at Istanbul Half Marathon in 1:04:51 on April 4, making her the quickest ever debutant in half marathon on the earth.
Chepkirui, the nationwide 5,000m champion, dominated the roost to win the Stockholm 25 laps to Tokyo 10,000m race in a world lead and private better of half-hour and 45.81 seconds at Olympic Stadium within the Swedish capital.
The time additionally enabled Chepkirui attain the Tokyo Olympics qualifying customary within the 25-lap race.
“I have already got the Olympic time in 10,000m and my focus is to attempt to attain the usual in 5,000m, ” stated Chepkirui.
Each Obiri, who gained the KDF 10,000m title in 2019, and Chepkirui will likely be out to recapture the 5,000m crown.
Obiri skipped the 5,000m race for the 25-lap race in 2019 the place Chepkirui settled third behind winner former world file holder in half marathon, Joycilline Jepkosgei.
Obiri, who went on to win the nationwide 10,000m in 2019 earlier than retaining her 5,000m at 2019 Doha World Championships the place she additionally completed fifth in 10,000m, will likely be utilizing the three-day championships to arrange for Doha Diamond League on Might 28 this 12 months. She will likely be trying to defend her 3,000m title on the Qatari capital.
Obiri will skip the ten,000m the place Jepkosgei, who completed second will likely be out to seize the crown operating towards skilled Irene Kamais and Pauline Chemining amongst others.
“It is my want to double up on the Olympics having attained the Olympic requirements in each occasions,” stated Obiri, who claimed silver in 5,000m on the 2016 Rio Olympics. “It is going to be a superb construct as much as Doha.”
Peter Ndegwa will defend the lads’s 5,000m title whereas Vedic Cheruiyot will put males’s 10,000m crown on line towards a fantastic discipline that features World Half Marathon silver medallist Kibiwott Kandie.
Kandie completed fifth in 2019 when the championships have been final held.
Tecla Jerotich and Samuel Chege are the sprinters to beat in 200m the place they are going to be defending their respective titles.
Priscilla Tabunda, recent from profitable bronze in shuttle combined relay on the World Relays, is favorite in ladies’s 100m hurdles.
Michael Musyoka and Wiseman Had been, who was additionally within the bronze-winning shuttle relays workforce, will likely be in focus in males’s 110 hurdles.
Mike Mokamba, who can be recent from profitable silver in 4x200m on the World Relays, is favorite to defend his 200m title with Queenector Kisembe placing ladies’s 200m on the innovative.
Continental Cup 1,500m champion Winnie Chebet hopes to defend her 800m and 1,500m crowns whereas champions Cornelius Tuwei and Charles Simotwa would be the males to beat in 800m and 1,500m respectively.
Kip Keino Basic javelin champion Alexander Kiprotich hopes to scale to victory as soon as once more in males’s javelin whereas Dominic Abunda ought to simply retain his hammer throw crown.