Two for World Cross Country Championship

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Two teenage Liberian athletes are in intensive preparation to represent the country at the World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda.

They will join over 800 athletes to run in the historical and prestigious Kololo Independence Grounds in the heart of Kampala on Sunday, March 26.

The athletes began their preparations in January after they were named by the Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF) and were formally accepted by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Lucy Massaquoi, 18, and Andrew S. Kpehe, 17, will participate in the U-20 mixed race.

Massaquoi is the 2011 Liberian female marathon winner and Kpehe is the current 1,500 and 5,000 male champion.

They were picked after the 2017 National Open Club Championship held in the Fendell Community on the outskirts of Monrovia.

According to Coach Samuel Cooper their training include 150m, 300m, 600m, 1600m and field events.

The athletes are being managed by a team of five to represent the country as required by the IAAF.

Kampala will be the fourth African city in the history of the IAAF World Cross Championships to host the tournament after Guiyang of China in 2015.

The winner of the 2017 Kampala IAAF World Cross Country Championships will walk away with US$30,000.

Over 50 countries have so far confirmed their participation.

Besides Liberia, other African countries that have confirmed participation are The Gambia, Morocco, Algeria, Comoros Island, Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and host Uganda.

Countries outside Africa are Iraq, Great Britain, Japan, Canada, China PRC, Australia, Brazil, Peru, France, Spain, Italy and Sri Lanka.

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