Just one month away from IAAF's prestigious Intercontinental Cup, host city Marakesh ready to welcome continent's brightest names in athletics. 45-000 seats Grand Stade de Marakesh will stage to 19th African Championships in 10-14 August. It's second time hosting for this event in Morocco, after 30 years from first one, Rabat 1984.
In Marakesh, some big names like David Rudisha, Tirunesh Dibaba are missing, but championships still drawing high class field. World champion 1500 metres runner Asbel Kiprop leads Kenyan team along with Florence Kiplagat and Mercy Cherono, whose come to national duty from Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Also Glasgow's sprint stunner Blessing Okagbare from Nigeria will compete in Marakesh. Okagbare, world medallist both for sprints and long jumping, is strong favorite in African Championships.
Ethiopian team are focusing on middle and long distances mainly, but they're producing new young talents in shorter distances also. Continent's other track powers, South Africa, Cameroon and emerging Botswana looking several gold medals in five days competition.
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