No Surprises At First Day Of Kenyan Championships

1500m specialist Asbel Kiprop powers down the straight in his heat at the Kenyan National Championships. Photo: The Standard

1500m specialist Asbel Kiprop powers down the straight in his heat at the Kenyan National Championships. Photo: The Standard

There were no upsets in the 1500m heats.

As a host of top talent battled for a spot on the Kenyan national team heading to the World Championships in Athletics next month, there were no major surprises after one day of competition. Asbel Kiprop and Nancy Langat won and came in second in their respective 1500m heats.

“This is the year that Kenya will win the men’s 1500m gold at the World Championships,” Kiprop bragged. “I believe the team that will be selected, and I want to be in it, will bring the title home. There are about nine of us who are capable and the final will be tough.”

Meanwhile, Langat discussed her recent struggles with injury.

“My knee injury is still bothering me and I had to warm-up straight after the race. The final will be difficult but my aim first is to qualify for Daegu then hope to be fully recovered for the finals in the month between,” she revealed.

The 2006 Commonwealth champion in the 5000m, Augustine Choge, won his heat in the 1500m with a 3:44.5.

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