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All set for Bahamas relays trial

Mark MuttaiNAIROBI, Kenya, February 20- Athletics Kenya (AK) has urged sprinters gunning for places at the inaugural IAAF World Relays Championships in Bahamas to turn up for Saturday’s selection meeting at the Kenya Prisons Ground along Nairobi’s Langata Road.

AK Vice President, David Okeyo, said it is imperative for the elite runners to turn up at the Safaricom Relays Championships that is open to all athletes with the federation using the event as part of the selection programme for the World Relays Championships to be held in Nassau, Bahamas, on May 24 and 25.

According to the IAAF Day One will feature four finals in the men’s 4×800 metres, women’s 4×1,500m, men’s 4x200m and women’s 4x100m.

Day Two will have six finals namely 4x400m (women), 4×1,500m (men), 4x800m (women), 4x400m (men), 4x200m (women) and 4x100m (men).

The Bahamas championships will also act as qualifiers for next year’s World Championships in Beijing for the men’s and women’s 4x100m and 4x400m.

“It is important for the elite runners to show up on Saturday so that they can start their qualification process for both the national trials and the World Relays Championships,” Okeyo added.

Integrated communications firm Safaricom are the title sponsors of the relay event.

Order of events

07.00- 08.00 Hrs – Athletes registration at Prisons Ground
08.30 Hrs – Officials Assemble for briefing
09.00 Hrs – 100m Women R1
09.10 Hrs – 100m Women R2
09.15 Hrs – 100m Men R1
09.20 Hrs – 100m Men R2
09.25 Hrs – 100m Men R3
09.30 Hrs – 800m women R1
09.35 Hrs – 800m Women R2
09.40 Hrs – 800m women R3
09.45 Hrs – 800m Men R1
09.50 Hrs – 800m Men R2
09.55 Hrs – 800m Men R3
10.00 Hrs – 800m Men R4
10.05 Hrs – 800m Men R5
10.10 Hrs – 200m Women R1
10.15 Hrs – 200m Women R2
10.20 Hrs – 200m Women R3
10.25 Hrs – 200m Men R1
10.30 Hrs – 200m Men R2
10.35 Hrs – 200m Men R3
10.40 Hrs – 200m Men R4
10.50 Hrs – 1500m Women R1
11.00 Hrs – 1500m Women R2
11.10 Hrs – 1500m Women R3
11.20 Hrs – 1500m Men R1
11.30 Hrs – 1500m Men R2
11.40 Hrs – 1500m Men R3
11.50 Hrs – 1500m Men R4
12.00 Hrs – 400m Women R1
12.05 Hrs – 400m Women R2
12.10 Hrs – 400m Women R3
12.15 Hrs – 400m Men R1
12.20 Hrs – 400m Men R2
12.30 Hrs – 400m Men R3
12.35 Hrs – 400m Men R4
13.00 Hrs All Athletes assemble for briefing
13.15 Hrs End of the Programme

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