Well, well, well ! For those who love watching athletics, this is one championship you don't want to miss. Being hosted by one of the leading nations in the sport, this is bound to showcase the best that Africa has to offer.
True it's being run at high altitude which makes it harder to break records, it also comes before the Olympic Games which will be staged in August, and also before major Grand Prix events in the European calendar.
For Kenya, this will be a time to test the athletes bound to feature in some of the events later this year. We all know their preparations have not been up to required standards, but that should never be any athlete's excuse. Ask Martin Lel-2008 winner of London marathon or Robert Cheruiyot in the same discipline.
The hosts start as favourites to win the overall title and they will be out to prove they can hold their own in most races especially in the long distance races. From information trickling in, they have a contigent of over 140 athletes. I'll almost put my money on them but then again, you never know on the actual day.
Sorry Kenyans but from the races ran this year, I'm not putting too much into the team. Please prove me wrong !
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