- IAAF has released Ksh 32m as prize money for Sunday 26th’s World Cross Country Championships in Kampala.
- Team Kenya athletes are expected to dominate both men and women senior races.
- Individual price money for winners will be Ksh 3.1m.
- Up to the fourth top finishers will be awarded.
Kenyan athletes have a reason to smile after World athletics governing body, the IAAF has announced a total of Ksh 32m in prize money will be awarded to the leading runners in the senior races at the World Cross Country Championships in Kampala set for Sunday 26.
Winners of the individual men’s and women’s races will each earn Ksh3.1m with money paid out to the top six finishers.In total, Ksh 15m is on offer in the two senior races.
In the team contest in both senior races, there is another prize pool of Ksh 15m, with Ksh3.1m going to the winning team, with prizes awarded to sixth place in both races, where the payout by the IAAF is Ksh 400,000
There is also a total prize pool of Ksh3.1m on offer for the inaugural relay race, with Ksh1.2m earmarked for the winning team. Here, the first four teams across the line will be awarded prize money.
According to the IAAF’S terms and conditions, there is no prize money for the junior races while payment of prize money in the senior races is dependent upon the athletes clearing the usual anti-doping procedures.
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Meanwhile, five-time world cross champion Paul Tergat has advised team, Kenyan athletes, to stay hydrated in anticipation of the intensely hot and humid weather expected in the Ugandan capital.
Kenya will be sending a contingent of 30 athletes where they will compete against 527 athletes from other nations including the Refugee Team who will be making their debut at the championships for the eight medals on offer.
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