World Cross Country champion Helen Obiri will be the star attraction as the Kenya Defense Forces athletes converge at the Thika Barracks on Friday for the 39th edition of the KDF Cross Country. Fresh from taking part in the Cross Internacional de Itálica’ in Spain over the weekend where she finished fourth, the 30-year-old will be aiming at a fifth consecutive title.
The World 5000m champion will face stiff competition from Joyceline Jepkosgei who finished second during last year’s event while Turkish Adana half marathon champion, Irene Kamais, Dorcus Kimeli and Mercy Wanjiru are also likely to pose a threat. Athletics Kenya will conduct anti-doping awareness campaigns before the start of the event where the soldiers will select a strong contingent for the national trials set for February 8 at the Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi.
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