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Millions up for grabs in Poland Indoors


AUGUSTINE_CHOGE_501340992NAIROBI, Kenya, March 6- A total of US$2,464,000 (Sh213,185,672.26) is on offer from the IAAF as prize money at this weekend’s IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland where Kenya has eight runners taking part.

As has become traditional, there is also a US$50,000 (Sh4,326,007.96) bonus for any athlete setting a world record during the three-day championships.

Gold winners will take home $40,000 (Sh3,460,806.37) with silver and bronze winners scooping $20,000 (1,730,403.18) and $10,000 (Sh865,201.59) apiece.

According to the timetable, world indoor 3000m women champion and Kenya’s biggest hope, Helen Obiri and Irene Jelagat, a former World Junior champion, will take to the Sopot track during the heats of their event in the opening morning session.

They will be followed by the lone men 800m athlete, Jeremiah Mutai, a former World Youth 400m Hurdles silver medallist in the preliminaries of his race.

Viola Kibiwott who is yet to race indoors this season will then feature in the women 1500m heats when the afternoon session gets underway.

Friday’s programme for Kenya will close when two-time campaigner and men 3000m silver medallist, Augustine Choge and in-form past junior world gold winner, Caleb Ndiku line-up for the race to qualify for Sunday’s final.

Action will start at 11:45pm local time live on satellite television SuperSport channel SS5.

The 2014 indoor season has already produced three world indoor records.

Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba ran 1500m in 3:55.17 in Karlsruhe, Germany, on February 1 and then reduced the 3000m mark to 8:16.60 in Stockholm, Sweden, five days later while Renaud Lavillenie of France improved the absolute pole vault world record to 6.16m in Donetsk, Ukraine, on February 15.