In Summary

  • Geoffrey Kamworor from Kenya Police and Kenya Prison’s Alice Aprot put their titles on the line at the National Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Uhuru Gardens.
  • Athletics Kenya will use the event to pick the team for the World Cross Country Championship.
  • The women’s Under-20 race gets the proceedings off at 8am followed by the men’s Under-20 battle 30 minutes later.

Geoffrey Kamworor from Kenya Police and Kenya Prison’s Alice Aprot put their titles on the line at the National Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Uhuru Gardens.

Athletics Kenya will use the event to pick the team for the World Cross Country Championship.

The women’s Under-20 race gets the proceedings off at 8am followed by the men’s Under-20 battle 30 minutes later.

Senior women and men’s races get underway at 9.30am and 10.30am respectively with the newly introduced mixed relays wrapping up action at 11.30am.

It’s left to be known just how Kamworor will handle the rich filed having been out of action since the Rio Olympics where he finished 11th in the 10,000m final.

After losing to three times champion Bedan Karoki in 2015, Kamworor went on to win the World Cross Country that year, beating Karoki to second place.

Kamworor then claimed the National Cross title last year, this time around edging out his good friend Karoki to second place. They then mirrored their positions at the World Half Marathon last year.

Kamworor fell sick just after Rio and stayed away for two months before dislocating his arm upon return in training.

He was not fit to defend his Kenya Police Cross title having resumed training in December. Augustine Choge capitalised on Kamworor’s absence to win.

"I am back to defend my national title. I want a ticket to defend my world title too," said Kamworor. "I have recovered and ready to go."

A day after Kamworor announced his return, Karoki, who had earlier indicated that he would skip the National Cross to prepare for his marathon debut in London in April, rescinded his decision.

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