Mercy Wanjiru shines during the National Athletics Championships at the Ulinzi Complex

Kenya Defense Forces Mercy Wanjiru Gitahi led teammate Leah Jeruto to a 1-2 finish in the women’s 3,000m hurdles when she clocked 9 minutes 45.08 seconds during the national athletics trials held in the Ulinzi complex.

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Meanwhile, Kenya Police’s Gladys Kwamboka came second in the women’s 10,000 meter race, won by Ugandan guest runner Joy Cheptoyek.

The two-day event will see Kenya select a team for the African Senior Championships to be held in Douala, Cameroon, next month.

Gladys Kwamboka finished second 32 minutes and 43.4 seconds behind Uganda’s Joy Cheptoyek, who won the 10,000m race in 32 minutes and 31.8 seconds.

South Rift’s Faith Chepkoech and North Rift’s Emmy Chepkemoi finished third and fourth respectively.

KDF’s Meshack Babu beat Nairobi’s Moses Onyango Wasike in the first semi-final of the 100m race, which he won in 10.38 seconds, while Eastern’s Mark Otieno won the second semi-final in 10.45 seconds ahead of Justin Mogoi KDF’s Isaboke to prepare for a brilliant final. tomorrow .

Kenya Prison’s Esther Mbagari beat KDF champion Rukia Nusra in the first semi-finals of the women’s 100m race in 11.80 seconds, and both advanced to the final.

Kenya Police’s Monica Safania also secured her place when she won the second heat in 12.09 seconds. She will be joined in the final by Police teammate Eunice Kadogo, who won heat three in 12.01 seconds.

Former world champion Timothy Cheruiyot won the third semi-final in the men’s 1,500m race in 3 minutes 47.10 seconds to qualify for the final with his Police teammate Brian Komen, who continued his winning streak in the second heat after shining in Doha in 3 minutes 44.68 seconds. .

Central’s Mary Nyaruai won the first heat in the women’s 1500m semi-finals in 4 minutes 13.79 seconds, while Nancy Cherop won the second heat in 4 minutes 19.67 seconds to advance to tomorrow’s final with, among others, Winny Chebet, Viola Jepleting, Faith Mwende and Caroline. Nyaga.

Kenya’s national athletics championships and trials will end on Wednesday and AK is expected to name a team for the senior African championships.