In Summary

Key on the list is Leonard Barsoton who won the Africa title three years ago in Kololo. Last weekend, Barsoton won the Kenyan Cross Country Championships at the Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi

KAMPALA.

Despite being hosts, Team Uganda spare thoughts for Kenya and Ethiopia ahead of the IAAF World Cross-country Championships due March 26.

The two East African nations are cross-country powerhouses and are favourites when the biennial event takes place at Kololo Independence Grounds next month.

Kenya swept all the titles at 2014 Africa Cross-country in Kololo and announced the arrival of new talents like Agnes Tirop. That’s how good they are.

Some familiar faces from that team are Kampala-bound to represent Kenya at the global meet which is now 30 days away.

Key on the list is Leonard Barsoton who won the Africa title three years ago in Kololo. Last weekend, Barsoton won the Kenyan Cross Country Championships at the Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi.
Barsoton leads the charge for the senior men’s 10km alongside Bedan Karoki and Geoffrey Kamworor, the latter a training partner to Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei.

That trio claimed team silver at the 2015 World Cross-country Championships in Guiyang, China, only dwarfed by Ethiopia.
Also, reigning Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon – senior women’s winner at Kampala 2014 - will be here for the 10km race with Tirop, Hyvin Kiyeng and Alice Aprot.

IAAF WORLD CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

TEAM KENYA FOR KAMPALA
Senior men: Leonard Barsoton, Bedan Karoki, Geoffrey Kamworor, Vincent Rono, Leonard Komon, Leonard Lagat
Senior women: Irene Cheptai, Lilian Kasait, Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon, Alice Aprot, Agnes Tirop, Hyvin Kiyeng
Junior men: Richard Yator, Meshack Kyuguti, Wesley Ladema, Edwin Kiplagat, Amos Kirui, Ronald Kirui
Junior women: Sandrafelis Chebet, Cellephine Chepteek, Sheila Chelangat, Emmaculate Chepkirui, Joyline Cherotich, Esther Muthoni

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