Sierra Leonean duo; Alusine Gbow and Isatu Turay Thursday left for Kampala, Uganda to compete in the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championships which will take place on Sunday March 26th .
The pair who traveled along with Coach Joseph Kamara will have to compete in the U-20 male and female category as the days competition is expected to attract over 557 athletes from 60 teams, a number that is said to surpass the figures from the previous six editions.
The IAAF Cross Country Permit series, which is spread across seven meetings from November 2016 to February 2017, has whetted the appetite for the forthcoming championships and many of the top performers on the circuit are set to compete in Kampala.
Aweke Ayalew, winner of the men’s races in Burgos and Seville, will be aiming to win Bahrain’s first individual medal at the World Cross, having earned a team bronze medal in 2015.
Senbere Teferei, also a winner in Burgos and Seville, will be joined on the Ethiopian team by Muktar Edris, winner of the Campaccio meeting earlier this year. Teenager Selemon Barega, who triumphed at the Cinque Mulini meeting at the end of January, is Ethiopia’s leading hope of a medal in the U20 men’s race.
Uganda’s Timothy Toroitich, who won convincingly in Alcobendas last November, will captain the host nation’s team, while Almond Blossom winner Irene Cheptai forms part of a strong Kenyan senior women’s squad.
By: Sahr Morris Jr.