ATHLETICS

Ndalat Gaa Cross Country: Abraham Kiptum to defend men’s title

Lagos City Marathon winner Abraham Kiptum will be back to defend his senior title at the ninth edition of Isaiah Kiplagat Memorial Ndalat Cross Country on Saturday.Kiptum last year won the men’s 10km race beating a classy field that included Olympic steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto.

He went ahead to win his second title at the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.

The athlete who comes from Mosoriot in Nandi County has confirmed his participation in the race.

According to the Local Organising Committee Secretary Kennedy Tanui, the race will attract top stars in the region normally a launching ground for the cross country season.

“Men’s defending champion Abraham Kiptum has confirmed his participation and we are expecting the rest to also come and defend their titles,”Tanui said.

Africa 10,000m champion Alice Aprot won the women’s race last year beating World Cross Country Champion Irene Cheptai.

Athletics Kenya Chairman Central Rift Abraham Mutai urged athletes to honour the event as the cross country season kicks off.

With Kenyan athletes eying slots for the Africa Cross Country championships, most of them are set to grace the event as a build up.

The event will be preceded by the Athletics Kenya weekend cross country series countrywide.

The race attracted over 4000 athletes last year and over 30,000 spectators.
“As we celebrate and commemorate the founder the late Isaiah Kiplagat, it is good to note that the event will kick start the cross country season and we are expecting more athletes. The race has been a breeding ground for the athletes and kids will too have an opportunity to build their careers here,”Mutai said.

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