Ferdinand Omanyala, Faith Kipyegon & Mary Moraa to headline Kenyan Olympic trials

Ferdinand Omanyala, Faith Kipyegon & Mary Moraa to headline Kenyan Olympic trials

Abigael Wafula 17:20 - 06.06.2024

Ferdinand Omanyala, Beatrice Chebet, Mary Moraa and Faith Kipyegon are among the athletes who will descend on Nyayo National Stadium for the highly-anticipated Olympic trials.

Athletics Kenya will be gearing up to host the Olympic trials at the Nyayo National Stadium from June 14 to 15 and they have unveiled the list of the invited athletes.

The men’s 100m will be headlined by none other than Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala who will face tough opposition from the likes of former national champion Mark Otieno, Tyson Juma and Dan Kiviasi. Omanyala has been off to a mixed start to his outdoor season, finishing fifth in the 100m at the Kip Keino Classic.

He then finished second in the 100m at the Atlanta City Games and also finished second behind Christian Coleman at the Prefontaine Classic. His recent race was the 100m at the Racers Grand Prix, where he finished third behind Oblique Seville and Noah Lyles.

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Omanyala will be out to impress on home soil, but he will be challenged by the strong list of male athletes who have been invited. The women’s 100m will see national champion Esther Mbagari who will be going up against Monica Safania, Millicent Ndoro and Eunice Kadogo. Rukia Nusra has also be invited and she will be doubling in the 100m and 100m Hurdles.

The men’s 110m Hurdles will be headlined by William Mbevi with the women’s 200m having almost the same athletes from the 100m. However, Veronica Mutua, Loice Moraa and Gladys Mumbe have also been included.

The men’s 200m will have the latest kid on the block, Samuel Chege, headlining the field with Mike Mokamba, Moses Onyango, Stephen Oluoch and Wiseman Were also being invited. The men’s and women’s 400m races will be headlined by national champion Zablon Ekwam and world 800m champion Mary Moraa.

The men’s 400m Hurdles will have Were, who will be going up against Moitalel Mpoke, Peter Kithome and Mbevi with the women’s race being headlined by Jane Chege and Vanice Nyagisera.

Moraa has also been invited for the 800m where she will toe the line against Nelly Chepchirchir, Sarah Moraa, Naomi Korir and Vivian Kiprotich. The men’s 800m will have wunderkind Emmanuel Wanyonyi, competing against Aaron Kemei, Wycliffe Kinyamal, Alex Ngeno, Emmanuel Korir and Ferguson Rotich.

Double world record holder Faith Kipyegon will headline the women’s 1500m and she will also be contesting in the 5000m. The men’s 1500m will attract Reynold Cheruiyot, Timothy Cheruiyot, Abel Kipsang and Brian Komen.

World record holder Beatrice Chepkoech headlines the women’s 3000m steeplechase with Amos Serem leading the entries in the men’s race. Chepkoech will be up against Jackline Chepkoech and Faith Cherotich.

Serem will enjoy the company of his younger brother, Edmund Serem, and they will take on Simon Koech and Abraham Kibiwott among other stars.

The women’s 5000m will have Beatrice Chebet take on Kipyegon, Lilian Kasait and Margaret Chelimo with the men’s 5000m having attracted Jacob Krop, Nicholas Kimeli, Daniel Simiu and Stanley Waithaka.

The full list can be found here.