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Kenya's top athletes set to prepare for world race
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20:49, September 19, 2007

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Reigning world half marathon record holder champion Samuel Wanjiru leads a strong team of 10 athletes to represent Kenya at the 2nd edition of the IAAF world road race to be held in Udine, Italy, next month.

A statement from the Athletics Kenya (AK) said on Wednesday that the day-long championships will be held on Oct. 14.

The 21-year old Japan-based Wanjiru currently holds the world record in the half marathon with a time of 58:35.

Wanjiru will partner with Patrick Musyoki and Evans charuyot, Francis Kibiwott, in the men's team.

Also in the team is Evans Cheruiyot, who clocked the fifth fastest half-marathon of all time when he managed 59:12 during the Fortis Rotterdam half-marathon on September 9.

The women campaign will be spearheaded by Susan Chepkemei, Pamela Chepchumba and Alice Timbilil. Chempchumba was sixth during this year's World Cross Country in Mombasa and two years ago she won the Udine half-marathon and is therefore familiar with the terrain.

AK Secretary General David Okeyo said the team will be coached by Abraham Kiplimo and the athletes should confirm their selection by this Friday.

"All athletes must bring their travel documents to the AK office on September 24 for the process of visas. The team departs on October 12," said Okeyo.

Source: Xinhua

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