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3000 steeplechase champ Chemos to miss Commonwealth games

16 January 2014, 16:30

Nairobi - World 3,000m steeplechase women champion Milcah Chemos will give the Commonwealth Games a miss and instead keep her focus on the Diamond League.

Chemos also plans to make an attempt on the world record of Russian Gulnara Galkina (8:58.81) in one of the Diamond League meetings before putting her focus on the 2015 World Championships.

The 28-year-old has a personal best time of 9:07.14 and last year ran the season best time of 9:11.65 in winning gold at the World Championships ahead of compatriot Lidya Chepkurui's 9:12.55.

"Commonwealth Games are not in my calendar this year. I will not be making that trip to Glasgow. Of course the track season is yet to start and I have not yet decided on where to run but and I am not seeing myself going to Scotland at the very time I will be trying to see if I can run faster," Chemos said in Nairobi late Tuesday.

The Commonwealth Games are slated for Glasgow, Scotland from July 23 to Aug. 3.

Chemos also has no plan to participate in the Africa Cross Country Championships slated for March in Kampala, Uganda.

"Cross country has never been my cup of tea. I will be focusing on the track and cross-country is too demanding for me at the moment. I want to be in shape ahead of the Diamond League season that starts in May in Doha," she said.

One event however, she is not certain to thrust her foot in is the indoor circuit that will culminate to the World Indoor Championships in March in Sopot, Poland.

"The indoor championships are good and I may compete there. But my management is yet to decide on that so I will keep my options open. It is good to add another feather to the cup if I run the indoor, of course the 3,000m flat race," she added.

Apart from Chemos, the 2008 Beijing Olympic 800m champion Pamela Jelimo has confirmed she will be running in the indoor circuit to polish up her skills after shaking off an ankle injury that kept her out of action for seven months.

She also wants to defend her world indoor title in Sopot, Poland over the 800m distance. Kenya intends to send a strong squad of 25 female and 30 male athletes to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland.

However a leaner team of just 12 athletes will be entered for the World Indoor Championships in Poland.

In a year where there is no World Championships or the Olympics, most athletes opt to attempt breaking world records or setting new personal best and any small competition is reserved for the upstarts to make a name.

- Xinhua


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