NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Champion Filomena Cheyech leads the Kenyan team for this
weekend’s Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships which will be
staged in conjunction with the Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday
international runners from 18 countries and regions will battle
it out on the streets of the Welsh capital at the inaugural
Commonwealth Half marathon and Kenya has named a strong team
aiming to set the bar higher and dominate the 21km competition.
The Kenyan men’s
team includes John Lotiang who won last year in Cardiff clocking
60:43 minutes, which stands out as the course record. There is
also Joseph Nzioki (60:23) and Daniel Muteti (60:54).
Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships will bring a stellar
lineup of the world’s best endurance athletes to Cardiff.
“I want to win this
race again,” said Cheyech on Thursday in Nairobi. “I won in
Glasgow during the 2014 Commonwealth games and will be happy to
add the half marathon title to my name.”
Kenyan athletes have
dominated the male and female races over the last decade, with
14 of the last 16 winners coming from the East African nation.
Lotiang will be
joined by teammates Joseph Nzioki (60:23) and Daniel Muteti
(60:54) as the Kenyans eye up a second successive 1-2-3.
Cheyech will lead a
strong female contingent and arrives with serious pedigree four
years after winning marathon gold at the Commonwealth Games in
Uganda will remain
Kenya’s biggest challenger in the half marathon distance, like
was the case in Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April.
Leading the Uganda
delegation will be former mountain running world champion Fred
He will be out to
improve on his half marathon best of 61:38 alongside the 2017
Ugandan 10,000m champion Timothy Toroitich, Felix Chemonges and
Abdi Matanga is the third fastest woman in the race and will
attempt to seal her spot on the podium after finishing fifth at
the Barcelona half marathon.
The Tanzanian men
will be led by Gabriel Gerald Geay, who ran an impressive 61:13
over the distance in the United Arab Emirates last year.
The event is open to
countries that were former colonies of Britain.