NAIROBI,Kenya- World 5000m champion and Olympic silver winner, Hellen Obiri, has promised home fans a riveting show at the second Athletics Kenya (AK) Track and Field Series meeting at Kisii University on Friday and Saturday.
The AK event will move to Kisii from Kisumu which hosted the first leg at the Moi Stadium on November 17 with rising teenage sensation and World U-18 Championships silver medallist, Mary Moraa, expected to share the spotlight with Obiri.
Obiri, 27, is in high spirits despite being omitted from the 2017 IAAF World Athlete of the Year shortlist after an overwhelming season that saw her crowned the 5000m World Champion in London.
“This is where it all began. Running there will make the fans very happy,” the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) athlete told SportPesa News.
According to AK Nyanza South chairman, Peter Angwenyi, the event has attracted over 500 athletes.
“This is an important meet as you all know since it will be a great platform for runners preparing for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia,” the former AK Public Relations Officer explained.
Angwenyi confirmed all disciplines will be competed in Kisii except the 3000m steeplechase race and Pole vault unlike Kisumu where only sprints and field events took place.
“It is only due to lack of equipment that the two events will not be run. Arrangements have already been finalised and we expect a big turnout,” Angwenyi offered.
The branch is hosting a leg of the seven-meet series that kicked off earlier this season after a congested AK 2016/17 calendar saw Kisii omitted from the roster.