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  • Being the opening day of the trials at Nyayo National Stadium, all eyes will on Thursday be on the top runners, and the tension is evident. Lucky are those with wild cards, although it is not a guarantee that one will be in Doha.

Finally, the national athletics trials for the 2019 World Championships are here, and we are all anxious to see who makes the team to Doha.

Being the opening day of the trials at Nyayo National Stadium, all eyes will on Thursday be on the top runners, and the tension is evident. Lucky are those with wild cards, although it is not a guarantee that one will be in Doha.

Technically, wild cards are supposed to be a guarantee but some events stand to have complications. That is why the safest way for most wild card holders is to take part in the trials.

Geoffrey Kirui (marathon), Faith Chepng’etich (1,500 metres), Conseslus Kipruto (3,000m steeplechase), Hellen Obiri (5,000m) and Elijah Manang’oi (1,500m) are all eligible to defend their titles.

In addition, Timothy Cheruiyot (1,500m) and Beatrice Chepkoech (3,000m steeplechase) are also assured of team places after winning their respective races in the just concluded IAAF Diamond League series.

Men’s 1,500m, for example, has a slight complication, with Athletics Kenya having already announced that the top three in every race will make the trip as long as they have the qualification mark. Besides, only a maximum of four athletes in every cadre can make the trip.

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