Kenya's top athletes competed on Saturday (December 8) for places in the Kenyan national team to go to the commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand.
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Background: Kenya's top athletes competed on Saturday (December 8) for places in the Kenyan national team to go to the commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand.
The competition -- the last of the season -- was held at Kisumu on the edge of Lake Victoria, about 120 miles (192 kms) north west of the capital, Nairobi.
Athletes who had already qualified for the Commonwealth Games, as well as those thought capable of reaching the required standard, took part in the meeting. The results counted in the final selections; in some events up to three athletes had qualified.
Ben Jipcho, the champion long distance runner, had already qualified, but took part anyway. He came in last in the 5,000 metres, laughing as he crossed the line. The race was won by Paul Mose in 14 minutes 27.2 seconds.
A 13-year old girl, Rose Tata, was assured of a place in the national team after winning the 800 metres in 2 minutes ten seconds. She ran barefoot against only one other competitor.
John Mwebi won both the 100 and 200 metres sprints. He clocked 10.5 seconds in the 100 metres narrowly beating Paul Njoroge, and 21.2 seconds in the 200 metres beating Tochi Mochache who was given the same time.
The following day, Kenya's Minister for Health, Doctor Z. Onyonka, announced the names of the 30 athletes to compete in the Commonwealth Games track and field events in January. The athletes have been in training at a high-altitude camp at Kiganjo. The Games begin in Auckland on January 24.