Past Winners (Men):
2010 Moses Kipsiro
2009 Moses Kipsiro
2008 Moses Kipsiro
2007 Boniface Kiprop
2006 Boniface Kiprop
2010 Adero Nyakisi
2009 Adero Nyakisi
2008 Catherine Webombesa
2007 Adero Nyakisi
By Samson Opus
MOSES Kipsiro is determined to capture his fourth straight national cross-country title in Jinja today.The one-day championship due at the Chairmanâ€™s Park will determine the Ugandan team that will compete in the World Cross-country championship due in Spain on March 20.
Kipsiro, who up-staged Kenyaâ€™s Leonard Patrick Komon to win broze at the world stage in Bydgoszcz, Poland last year is expected to dictate the pace in the senior menâ€™s 12km event.
Kipsiro, double gold medalist in the Commonwealth games has to beat former champions Boniface Kiprop, who has reportedly regained top form.
Other top athletes lined up among the 500 athletes expected in the duel include Geoffrey Kusuro (Arua), Dickson Huru, Ben Siwa, James Kibet (Standard High)and Martin Toroitich (Arua).
The race due at the Mayorâ€™s Garden is expected to be fast in the relatively flat course near the source of the River Nile.
â€œThe weather is very fantastic, the course is good. We are anticipating a very stiff race,â€ Uganda Athletic Federation (UAF) official Namayo Mawerere pointed yesterday.
Former World steeple chase champion Dorcus Inzikuru is expected to put back her career on track as she races in the womenâ€™s 8km category.
Inzikuru, who returns after three years since her maternity leave, faces a challenge from defending champion Adero Nyakisi (Prisons), Catherine Webombesa (UPDF) and Rebecca Cheptegie (Standard High).
But an intriguing duel is anticipated in the junior women 6km category that involves the quartet that bagged bronze in Poland.
The youngsters to watch include Annet Negesa, Linet Chebet, Mercy Chelangat, Viola Chemos.