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|NAIROBI Luke Stocker Titans Jersey , Feb. 11 (Xinhua) -- Over 25 foreign athletes will be involved in the national cross country trials in Nairobi on Saturday, which is part of the IAAF permit meetings.
With Kenya eyeing to fill the 24 slots up for grabs -- six athletes each for senior men's 12km, senior women's 8km, junior men's 8km and junior women's 6km races -- an explosive battle is the offing as over 350 athletes line up for selection.
"It will as always be a challenging event. Kenya will select a strong team and we hope it will weather the storm in Guiyang, China," Isaiah Kiplagat, the Athletics Kenya President said on Wednesday.
For the first time Bennie Logan Titans Jersey , two Ethiopians will line up in the Kenyan championships. The two countries are the fiercest and most successful in the competition history.
Ethiopia has sent in Getaneh Molla Tamire (12km men) and Silenat Yismaw Hugegnaw (8km women) to test the waters and report back home of the caliber of challenge they will receive in Guiyang.
The world Championships will be held in Guiyang, China on March 28. Ethiopia and Kenya are the most decorated countries in the sport.
Together they have won 120 out of the 158 team titles in the competition. The two nations have met 120 times where both have fielded full teams, with Kenya beating Ethiopia 79-41. Kenya has won four individual senior women's titles and expected to re- affirm their supremacy in Guiyang
Alongside Ethiopia, Tanzania will be bringing in five athletes; Sudan has four, three Ugandans and two entries each from Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Eritrea Blaine Gabbert Titans Jersey , Swaziland and Sierra Leone. Majority of the foreign athletes are based in Eldoret at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) High Altitude Training Centre.
The Kenyan challenge will see old friends turn on each other as veteran Vivian Cheruiyot returns after her motherhood to challenge youthful Faith Chepng'etich, who won gold in the junior category in the last two editions.
Throw in Emily Chebet, Gladys Cherono, Mercy Cherono, Sheila Chepkirui and the women's senior race will be a tough call to many.
The senior men's race will see the return of Moses Mukono, former world champion Geoffrey Kwamoror, Bedan Karoki Dion Lewis Titans Jersey , Matthew Kisorio, Joseph Ebuya, Cornelius Kagongo or Philip Lagat.
A crop of new athletes off the production line will liven the races in the junior men and junior women's category.
"The race will be tough. We will create artificial course with obstacles on the course since it is very dry. There will be an extra 100m to the finish line," said Ibrahim Hussein, the race technical director.
The first four across the line and two wildcard entries will be the criteria to be used to select the 24-member team across the four disciplines.
Kids climb into a car to be driven to school in sub-zero temperatures in Minneapolis, January 8, 2014.
A deadly blast of arctic air shattered decades-old temperature records as it enveloped the eastern United States on Tuesday Malcolm Butler Titans Jersey , snarling air, road and rail travel, driving energy prices higher and overwhelming shelters for homeless people.
At least nine deaths have been reported across the country connected with the polar air mass that swept over North America during the past few days. Authorities have put about half of the United States under a wind chill warning or cold weather advisory.
Temperatures were expected to be 25 degrees to 35 degrees Fahrenheit (14 to 19 degrees Celsius) below normal from the Midwest to the Southeast, the National Weather Service said.
PJM Interconnection, the agency that oversees the electric grid supplying the mid-Atlantic and parts of the Midwest, said electricity suppliers were struggling to keep up with surging demand as the cold forced some power plants to shut.
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Oil refiners were also hit, with Marathon Petroleum Corp and Exxon Mobil Corp both experiencing cold-related outages.
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Homeless shelters and public buildings took in people who were freezing outside.
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The extreme cold won't last much longer, according to AccuWeather. The frigid air and "polar vortex" that affected about 240 million people in the United States and southern Canada will depart during the second half of this week Rashaan Evans Titans Jersey , and a far-reaching January thaw will begin, according to AccuWeather.
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Major U.S. cities were in the grip of temperatures well below freezing, with Chicago seeing 2 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 17 C), Detroit 0 F (minus 18 C), Pittsburgh 5 F (minus 15 C), Washington 19 (minus 7 C) and Boston 15 F (minus 9 C).
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At New York's Bowery Mission homeless shelter, the 80-bed dormitory was full on Monday night and 179 other people slept in the chapel and cafeteria, officials said.
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