Several Kenyan athletes had their last chance to qualify for January's Commonwealth Games in New Zealand at their national athletic championships in Kisumu last weekend (November 17-18).
GV & SV Athletes Parading ( 2 shots)
CU Kip Keino in crowd
MV CU Finish of men's 400 metres Hurdle (2 shots)
LV Start and finish of women's 100 Mtrs
GV Start and finish of men's 100 metres
GV PAN Start and finish of Men's 1500 Mtrs. (4 shots)
SV Jip Cho bows to crowd
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Background: Several Kenyan athletes had their last chance to qualify for January's Commonwealth Games in New Zealand at their national athletic championships in Kisumu last weekend (November 17-18).
Kenya has a fine athletic record internationally. The famous miler Kip Keino, new a professional, was in the crowd to watch his county's new hopes. Ben Jipcho, who has also been offered professional terms, turned in a useful 3 min. 43 secs. for the 1,500 metres but the meeting was more important for those who have yet to prove themselves.
John Kwebi of the Kenyan Army finally qualified for the Commonwealth Games with a 20.9 secs. 200 metres. He has already qualified for the 100 metres which he won in slowish 10.9 secs.
14-year-old Kenyan schoolgirl Sabina Chebichi, who is tipped to become s famous as Keino, recorded 4 mins. 25 secs. for the women's 1,500 metres - almost 15 secs, inside the winning time at this year's Pan African Games.
Alice Adala who ran the quickest 200 metres by a Kenyan woman in Italy earlier this year won the 100 metres in 12.5, but she was beaten to the 200 metres by Tecla Chemabwai who clicked an impressive 24.6 seconds.
Nairobi's Bill Koskei won the 400 metres hurdles in 50.6 secs, but fellow hurdler Fatwell Kamaiye ran the best race of the day, a 13.8 sec. 110 metre hurdles the fastest ever on African soil.