Kenya is represented by Olympians Samuel Gathimba and Simon Wachira, African champion Emily Ngii and youngsters Dominic Ndigiti and Heristone Wanyonyi.
All eyes will be on Gathimba, who was a gold medalist in the 20K walk at the 2016 African Championships. He holds a personal best of 1:19:24.
The two-time African 20K champion said Oman is an opportunity for Kenyan athletes to qualify for both the Commonwealth Games and the World Championships later this year.
“This is a great opportunity for Kenyan trekkers to achieve qualifying scores,” said the former All Africa Games 20K silver medalist.
Gathimba said Kenyan athletes have failed to compete in the Olympics and other major events due to a lack of high-level competition with international judges.
Gathimba is expected to face African U20 10,000m champion Wachira in the 20km race, while World U20 10,000m champion Wanyonyi and African champion Ndigiti will compete in the junior (10km) ranks. Ngii, the only lady on the team, will compete in the 20K distance.
The two-day championship was moved from Minsk in Belarus last June due to concerns about political unrest.
Muscat, which welcomes 350 athletes from 46 countries, will see the debut of the 35K as a championship event.
- 06:00 – 10 km U20 women
- 11:10 – 10 km U20 men
- 18:00 – 20 km women
- 21:00 – 10 km Masters Men & Women & Relay
- 09:00 – 35 km men & women
- 18:00 – 20 km men