New York champion Wilson Kipsang and world record holder Dennis Kimetto will lead Kenya’s quest to regain the marathon title on Saturday morning as the World Championships kick off in Beijing exclusively live on your World of Champions.
The duo are part of a five man team looking to dethrone Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich and claim Kenya’s fifth world title in the ultimate distance running event.
The most decorated steeplechaser of all time Ezekiel Kemboi is among four champions from Moscow who will be defending their titles at the 15th edition of track and fields’ showpiece event as Kenya seeks to reaffirm her reputation as the greatest middle and long distance running nation in the world.
Defending champions Eunice Sum, Edna Kiplagat and Asbel Kiprop are also part of the 46 strong member squad that will do duty in the nine day event that will keep Kenyans glued to their screens on SuperSport.
In the men’s 1500 metres, Kiprop is the odds on favourite after clocking 3:26.69 in Monaco last month.
Javelin thrower Julius Yego will look to make history by becoming the first Kenyan to win a medal in a field event in China. The YouTube sensation set a new African record with a 91.39metres throw in Birmingham earlier this year.
Olympic champion David Rudisha will be up against his arch nemeses Amos Nijel of Botswana and Ethiopia’s Mohammed Amman in a three way African battle in the men’s 800 metres.
In women’s marathon, veteran Edna Kiplagat is seeking a history making third world title.
Kenyans will also get a chance to watch the much anticipated match-up in the sprints where multiple Olympic and world champion Usain Bolt will come face-to-face with the in-form American Justin Gatlin in the 100 and 200 metres.
All nine days off action including both morning and afternoon session will be live across three SuperSport channels, SS5; SS6 and SS7