World Masters Athletics Championships: Kemboi leads Kenyan squad to Spain

By DENNIS OKEYO: Wednesday, September 5th 2018 at 15:49 GMT +3 | Athletics
Ezekiel Kemboi of Kenya celebrates winning the men's 3,000 metres steeplechase final during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China August 24, 2015.

Four-time world 3,000m steeplechase champion Ezekiel Kemboi leads Kenyan squad to the World Masters Athletics Championships that kicks off in Malaga, Spain, tomorrow.

Masters Athletics Kenya, an affiliate of Athletics Kenya (AK) for athletes aged over 35 years, entered 15 athletes on their debut to the contest in Perth, Australia, in 2016, where Kenya won 10 medals.

The ten-day biennial global championships has attracted 8187 athletes and Kenya will line up 25 track and field athletes with Kemboi, who has two Olympic titles to his name, features in the water and barriers’ race and 1,500m in his maiden appearance to the oldest age category.

Former Commonwealth Games 5000m bronze medalist Innes Chenonge will line up in 5000m and 10km road race.

Also in the mix is Isabela Ochichi, the former world championships silver medalist and 2010 Commonwealth Games 400m champion Mark Mutai who stages his comeback to the national team as he competes in 400m and 200m.

Stephen Kamande, 66 and who won silver in the 21km road race in Perth, will compete in 5,000m.

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