Double world cross country champion Geoffrey kamworor ran the fastest heat in 1,500m at the Athletics Kenya track and field on Friday at Kipchoge Keino stadium.
With his ambitions to represent Kenya at the forthcoming IAAF world championships in London, Kamworor ran the fastest heat one crossing the finish line in 3:41.1.
The double world half marathon champion’s time was greater than that of 1,500m world champion Asbel Kiprop who clocked 3:44.8 in heat four.
The fearce battle is expected when the duo meets at the final run on Saturday at the same venue on Saturday.
Kamworor and Kiprop were the star attraction at the Eldoret based stadium. Upstart James Tenai finished second behind Kamworor in 3:41.7, taking advantage of the speedy kamworor.
Kiprop beat Geoffrey Kibet in second with 3:45.1, Anthony Kiptoo (3:45.8) and Hoses Cherunyei (3:47.1) won Heat Two and Three respectively.
Asbel said he is preparing for the season hoping to defend his title in London in August.
Jorum Lumbasi, the surprise winner of 2016 family bank half marathon was at again winning 10,000m men.
The Nakuru based athlete clocked 29:16.7 ahead of Bernard Kimeli to second in 29:18.7 while Daniel Kipchumba placed third in 29:29.5.
Noah Kipkemboi came fourth in 29:42.0 as Geoffrey Kipsang followed (30:04.8) and Mike Boit (30:08.4) in that order.
Lumbasi who placed second early this month at the Le Puy en Velay 15km run in France said he is trying his luck on the track for the IAFF world championships.