MELBOURNE (AUS): Ausralia’s most prestigious middle distance event the Zatopek:10 will welcome Australia’s local heroes Collis Birmingham and Ben St Lawrence to challenge Kenyans Josphat Menjo, Luke Kipkosgei and American Bobby Curtis. The event on Thursdayh has been put in place to help Australia’s elite runners to achieve the IAAF World championships qualifying standards. Both Menjo, who set a 10.000m world best time in Finland (26:56.74), and four time Zatopek:10 winner and race record holder with 27:22.54 Luke Kipkosgei should lead the way for the Australians. In the women’s field reigning champion Eloise Wellings will be looking at retaining her crown in a crowded field that also features Lara Tamsett, Jess Trengove and Melbourne Half Marathon winner Clare Geraghty. In other highlights of the meeting, Tamsyn Lewis is chasing a new national 600m record and Commonwealth Games shot put bronze medallist Dale Stevenson will be looking to improve on his 19.99m personal best writes Athletics.com.au.
NAIROBI (KEN): The Kenyan Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year (Soya) Awards gala night has prenominated Kenya’s first ever Olympic medalist wilson Wilson Kiprugut to be inducted into the country’s sports Hall of Fame. He won the bronze medal in the 800 m at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and attributed his succes to “skills stolen from a Canadian trainer before Kenya’s independence.” Kiprugut has just turned 70 and spends his time at his farm. Among other frontrunners for the process are motorsports giant Shekhar Mehta, a five-times Safari Rally winner, football legend Joe “JJ” Masiga and multiple track world record holder, Henry Rono confirms Kenya’s Daily Nation.
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