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Africa Record Holder Wanjiru Walks to Victory in Masters Championships

Six times Africa champion and Commonwealth Games medalist Grace Wanjiru blazed the trail in the World Masters Athletics trials in the women’s 10,000m walk to victory at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani in Nairobi.

Wanjiru who also holds the African record a time she set during the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010 where she won a bronze walked to a time of 46:37.05 for the deserved win.

Wanjiru ranked 32nd in the world said she used the event to prepare for the forthcoming Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria later this month but will still duty if she is selected to join the team for the World Masters in Spain.

National heptathlon record holder Caroline Kola won the women’s long jump and shot by managing 3.75m and 10.13m respectively.

Africa 200m and 4x100m relay record holder Joyce Odhiambo sprinted to a 100m win by timing 16.0.

The 2002 and 2010 Commonwealth Games 5000m bronze medallist Innes Chenonge made it a double by winning in the women’s 10,000m a day after winning in 5000m.

Chenonge clocked 17:31.01 subjected Wangare who is also a four-time winner of the 20 kilomètres de Maroilles to another second place finish in a time of 17:3806 in the 5000m event.

The Afrika Mashariki Fest Half Marathon champion Willy Mwangi won the men’s 10,00m race by returning 30:54.09 ahead of Haroun Kiprugut in 32:55.05.

The event was used to select a team that will represent Kenya in the World Masters Athletics Championship in Malaga, Spain slated for September 4-16.

Masters Athletics Championship are designed for retired athletes from the age of 40 onwards for both men and women.

Mwaniki re-appointed to handle team Kenya in Nigeria

Sprints coach Stephen Mwaniki has for the second time been appointed as the Team Kenya tactician for the Africa Senior Athletics Championships.

Mwaniki who is Athletics Kenya (AK) Kenya Prisons branch Public Relations Officer (PRO) will be leading Team Kenya at the Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria scheduled for August 1st-5th.

Mwaniki guided the country’s team to victory during Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Nairobi in 2010 when he was first appointed to the post.

Kenya won the overall title under Mwaniki by scooping 25 medals which included 10 gold, seven silver and right bronze medals at the Nyayo National Stadium.

The AK Central Rift chairman Abraham ‘Solo’ Mutai has been appointed as the Team Manager.

The trials for the Asaba bound team will be held on June 21-23 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

The AK supremo Jackson Tuwei said they expected to select a team of between 60-70 athletes during trials to go and do duty for Kenya in Nigeria.

He said the first two to cross the line and the third one to be determined by a technical team of selectors in their selection criteria.

The president said athletes who made Kenya’s team for the World under 20 will be allowed to compete and may be considered to join the senior team if they qualify during the trials.

Tuwei said AK expects several elite athletes to compete given that the this year’s event in Nigeria will be used to select Africa’s team for the Inter Continental Cup in Ostrava, Czech republic on September 8-9.

World U18 winners exude confidence ahead of National World U20 trials a Kasarani Stadium

Kenyan junior internationals have intensified their preparations ahead of the World U20 trials set for Moi Stadium, Kasarani on June 11 and 12.

World U18 1,500m gold medalist George Manangoi remains confident of making Team Kenya for the youth championships to be held in Tampere, Finland from July 19-24 following a 3:41.75 performance at the Rome Diamond League last Thursday.

Manang’oi’s coach Bernard Ouma revealed that the youngster suffered a slight knock in Rome but should be up and running in a week.

“He suffered a slight knock on the knee during the Diamond League in Rome but it’s being fixed. I am confident that he will make to the Kenyan team. He was supposed to run in Turk, Finland on June 7 but it’s not possible because Athletics Kenya changed the dates for the trials,” said Ouma.

In Rome, Manangoi finished 14th in a race won by his training mate, Timothy Cheruiyot, in 3:31.22 while George’s brother Elijah came second in 3:33.79.

World junior race walking bronze medalist Dominic Ndigiti said he is ready for the trials and is confident of making the team to Finland.

“My preparations have been very smooth. I have won three AK weekend meets in Mumias, Mombasa and Kisii against senior runners. The bronze medal I won in Nairobi inspired me to continue working hard,” said Ndigiti, student at Kiendege Secondary in Nyamira.

Mary Moraa, who won a silver medal in 400m during the world U18 championships in Nairobi last year is also upbeat on her chances of bagging a ticket to Finland.

The national secondary schools 200m and 400m champion said: “We have been training for the trials and I want to board a plane to Finland. It will be a nice experience for me.”

Moraa is a student at Mogonga Secondary, whose coach, Haron Onchong’a, revealed that they will send at least 15 athletes to the trials.

“My athletes have not participated in many events since we finished the national secondary school games in Embu. We decided to focus on training for the world U20 trials,” said Onchong’a.

Africa Cross Country junior champion Rhonex Kipruto and silver medalist Stanley Waithaka, alongside Commonwealth 5000m bronze medalist Edward Zakayo are expected to renew rivalry during the two day trials.