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Top Kenyan Talent Prepares For XC Selection

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 15, 2013
  • Updated Feb. 15, 2013 at 9:57 AM UTC
Joseph Ebuya is expected to represent Kenya at the World Cross Country Championships. Photo: IAAF

The race takes place tomorrow in Nairobi.

It’s practically a guarantee that Kenyans will be on the podium at the World Cross Country Championships next month in Poland. The question, however, is which runners will compete?

The answer to that question will be determined tomorrow at the  KCB Nairobi Cross, an IAAF Cross Country Permit meeting.

The race will serve as a selection event for the Kenyan cross-country team for worlds.

Missing from the line-up on Saturday will be Vivian Cheruiyot and Geoffrey Kipsang. Both of those runners won the 2011 edition of the championships (Vivian was the women’s senior winner, while Kipsang was the  junior champion.)

Both runners are pursuing other goals on the track and on the roads.

The first four competitors that cross the finish line will be selected. A panel from Athletics Kenya will then select the other two runners. The primary goal is to defeat arch rival Ethiopia.

“This is one title that keeps on eluding us, and this year the selectors will be keen on having a line-up that can bring it back home since it is the biggest prize at the World Cross,” said Athletics Kenya general secretary David Okeyo.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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