Thursday will be the day when Kenyan athletics lovers will experience one of the epic battles in the 1,500m when top runners battle for the title at the Athletics Kenya National Championships cum Senior Africa Athletics championships that will be staged in Mauritius.
The Kasarani champions that comes to an end tomorrow has attracted top notch athletes led Manangoi siblings with former world 1,500m champion Elijah competing alongside his young brother, the former world under 20 1,500m champion George Managoi will be facing the reigning Olympic Games 1,500m silver medalist Timothy Cheruiyot, Olympic Games finalist Abel Kipsang and Olympic Games 1,500m semifinalists Charles Simotwo.
The epic battle of titles began today when all the four contenders qualified to compete in tomorrow’s finals.
World indoor 1,500m bronze medalist Kipsang, who set the Olympic 1,500m record last year, won today’s semifinal round.
Representing National Police Service, Kipsang won heat one in 3:37.14 beating Kenya Defence Forces’ Daniel Mungut to second in 3:37.30 and Emedy Kiplimo settling for third timing 3:37.57.
Kumara Taki 4th and George Manangoi in 5th position, Daniel Kimaiyo 6th, Justine Kemboi in 7th and Elijah Manangoi coming in 8th position in one of the fastest heat.
Heat was won by North Rift’s Amos Bett followed by Kenya Prisons Boaz Kipkurgut and World Champion Cheruiyot completing the podium to qualify.
The federation has lined up 12 athletes for the battle of honours.