By Buckley Fetha
A team of 53 athletes will be representing Kenya in the 20th edition of the senior Africa athletics championships slated for Durban South Africa between the 22nd and 26th of next month.
The top two athletes in the just concluded national championships qualified directly to the event.Keneth Kipkemoi booked his ticket in 10,000m after crossing the tape in 27 minutes, 52.1 seconds and was closely followed by Wilfred Kimitei who clocked 27 minutes, 54.2 seconds.
Stephen Arita was third 2 seconds behind. In the men 400m hurdles, Harun Koech, brother to reigning world champion Nicholas Bett, emerged victorious in a personal best time of 48.99 seconds, beating Bonface Mucheru and Kiprono Kosgei who were second and third respectively.
Lydia Rotich won the 3,000m steeplechase in time of 9 minutes, 27.1 seconds and was followed by Norah Jeruto and Agnes Chesang. The national championships set the stage for the national trials which will be held next month to select the Kenyan team for the Rio Olympic Games to be held in August in Brazil.