Action is expected in Friday’s final round of Athletics Kenya/National Bank of Kenya track and field meeting at Kamariny Stadium.
Olympian Prisca Jepleting, sixth in the Shanghai Samsung Diamond League recently will electrify the 1,500 metres race while 2009 Lotto Cross Cup winner Boniface Kirui takes on his men’s 10,000m rivals.
Jepleting, who won a silver medal at the 1997 World Cross Country as a student at Kapkenda Girls High School, has already attained the qualifying mark – in a brilliant 14:40 in Shanghai – and is preparing for the IAAF meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic, due Tuesday.
“This is part of my preparations for the World Championships,” said the soft-spoken runner.
Kirui, who a former school mate of 2010 IAAF Male Athlete of the Year David Rudisha at St Francis Kimuron Secondary in Keiyo North, will also use the event as a build-up for the June 18 Prague HD Half Marathon.
“I am in great shape to battle any one in Kamariny,” said Kirui.
Absentees include former 10km record holder Micah Kogo and World Cross sensation Mike Kigen, who will be in the Hangelo Grand Prix meeting, World 5,000m and Military Games 5,000m and 10,000m title holder Mark Kiptoo, who raced in the Samsung Diamond League leg Rome, and Africa junior silver medallist Nickson Chepseba, who lost his mother this week.