AK orders Kenyan runners out of London DL meet
23 July 2013, 18:12
Nairobi - With World Championships set for Moscow from Aug. 10, Athletics Kenya has pulled out its runners from competing in this weekends' London Diamond league meet.
Isaiah Kiplagat, Athletics Kenya President, said Tuesday it would burn out local stars and dim their potential ahead of the premier track and field meeting, which starts in Moscow on Aug. 10-16.
"I tell you this that if an athlete runs a personal best or a world lead time in a one day meeting like in London, just two weeks prior to the World Championships, it requires longer time to recover," he said in Nairobi.
"We are not ready to take that risk and on that reason, I have ordered that no athlete from Kenya, who will be making the trip to Moscow, is permitted to run in London on Friday or Saturday."
So there will be Edwin Soi, Isaiah Kiplangat or Thomas Longosiwa challenging Britain's Mo Farah in the 3,000m.
Instead Farah will have to test his endurance against his training partner Olympic 10,000m silver medallist Galen Rupp who will be joined by fellow American and Olympic 1500m silver medallist Leo Manzano.
Kiplagat said that anyone, who defies his order, will have to forfeit his place in the team. This will not be the first time for Athletics Kenya to do that. In 2009, Sammy Kitwara won in the 10,000m event during the trials for the world championships in Berlin.
He defied the warning and went ahead to participate in a road race before the championships and was disqualified from the team.
Two year later, Leonard Komon, the 10km and 15km world record holder, also suffered the same fate by disobeying the orders after making the team to represent the country at the world cross country championships in 2011.
He ran in Puerto Rico and was dropped out. He has remained out of Kenya team ever since. However, he got a reprieve when he was named in the squad to Moscow to run in the 5,000m distance.
At the same time, there will be no chance for Kenyan athletes to double in Moscow, as the country wants to restrict runners to keep their focus on their specialty.
Kiplagat said, every athlete must run in his event. This has since sealed the fate of World 1,500m champion Asbel Kiprop, who had a wild card in the four lap race and had the qualification time to double up in the 800m, now that Olympic and World Champions David Rudisha is out injured.
Vivian Cheruiyot, was the first successful Kenya to double and win at the World Championships in both 5,000 and 10,000m distances.
Isabella Ochichi did it in Helsinki 2005 while Tegla Loroupe tried and failed in 1999 Seville World Championships.
Meanwhile, Kiplagat sent out a stern warning to teachers who are fond of sneaking athletes out of the country.
Kiplagat said teachers are colluding with agents to take young athletes, who have no legal contracts, out of the country without permission of guardians and the federation.
"We have received reports about athletes who are stranded in Venezuela, Philippines, Mexico and Italy and we as the federation are just wondering how they got there without our permission," said Kiplagat.
Kiplagat said this when he received the Kenya team, which had gone to Donetsk, Ukraine for the World Youth Championships, where they finished second to Jamaica.
Kiplagat said they might bid for the 2019 World Youth Championships but on condition that the government will support them.
Following is the Kenyan team
Men - 800m: Anthony Chemut, Ferguson Rotich, Jeremiah Mutai; 1,500m: Silas Kiplagat, Asbel Kiprop, Nixon Chepseba, Bethwell Birgen; 3,000m SC: Conseslus Kipruto, Abel Kiprop Mutai, Ezekiel Kemboi, Paul Kipsiele Koech; 5,000m: Isaiah Kiplangat Koech, Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa, Edwin Cheruiyot Soi, John Kipkoech; 10,000m: Bedan Karoki, Paul Kipngetich Tanui, Kenneth Kiprop Kipkemoi; Marathon: Mike Kipyego, Bernard Kipyego, Peter Some, Nicholas Kipkemboi; Javelin: Julius Yego.
Women - 800m: Eunice Jepkoech Sum, Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei, Winny Chebet; 1,500m: Hellen Onsando Obiri, Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon, Nancy Jebet Lagat; 3,000m SC: Milcah Chemos Cheywa, Gladys Jerotich Kipkemoi, Hyvin Kiyeng Jepkemoi; 5,000m: Mercy Cherono, Viola Jelagat Kibiwot, Margaret Wangari Muruiki; 10,000M: Gladys Cherono, Emilly Chebet, Sally Kaptich Chepyego; Marathon: Edna Kiplagat, Lucy Kabuu, Margaret Akai, Valentine Chepkorir.
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