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Athletics Kenya selects 5 defending champions

30 May 2013, 18:20 Kimathi Kamau

Nairobi - Five Kenya's defending champions are among an extended list of athletes named by Athletics Kenya (AK) in their probable list for Moscow World Championships.

According to the federation, track runners will report to residential camp on June 2 at the Prison Staff Training College in Ruiru, some 25.3km from the Nairobi.

"They will stay there for two weeks and then we shall give them a break to participate in the National Championships. We will then require them to return to the camp for preparations for the Trials.

"Some of the athletes we have selected have qualified for the World Championships and we shall give a chance for those who are yet to do so since we want all to be ready for the event. Those wishing to compete in races abroad will have to get permission from us," AK Vice-President, David Okeyo said.

A further 20 have been selected to train for the men and women marathon and they will be based in Eldoret with the federation selecting the six that will compete in Moscow.

"We shall release their names when naming the rest of the team during our Trials in July," Okeyo explained in a break from tradition where they have been unveiling the ultimate distance squad months before the actual event.

In the track probable list, world record holder, David Rudisha (men 800m), Olympic champion, Ezekiel Kemboi (men 3000m steeplechase) and Asbel Kiprop (men 1500m) are the titleholders from Daegu two years ago in the line-up.

Double world champion, Vivian Cheruiyot, announced a fortnight ago she would not be defending her women 5000m and 10000m crowns after taking a break to attend to maternal duties.

In the marathon probables, two-time gold medallist, Abel Kirui (men) and Edna Kiplagat (women) who became the second Kenyan female athlete after two-time winner Catherine Ndereba to bag the crown are in the list.

The proposed camp was initially set to run from May 6 but the AK elections that were held a week later saw the plan shelved.

It remains to be seen how the federation will marry their wishes to have the Kenyans train for Moscow as a block with those of the athletes and their management that are keen to feature in circuit races in the IAAF Diamond League and Permit series as well as their individual training regimes.

Rudisha, Kenya's signature runner for instance prefers to train in the high altitude of Iten while Kemboi and former world steeplechase champion, Brimin Kipruto, who is also in the squad, are particular in training in Eldoret.

"We do not foresee any problem with our runners and their managers since we had communicated to them our intentions early enough but we shall not hesitate to use the rule if anyone tries to contravene our wishes.

"The reason behind this camp is to avoid what happened in London last year since we are going to defend our best ever performance at the World Championships, winning seven gold medals in Daegu," Okeyo maintained.

"For now, we have to wait and see how AK deals with this and we cannot be booked in races until it becomes clear how it will work," Peter Kimeli Some, the 2:05 marathoner in the probable list told Xinhua from Eldoret.


10,000m Men/27:40.00: Wilson Kiprop (27:01.98), Emmanuel Bett (26:51.16), Vincent Kiprop (26:51.68), Kenneth Kemboi (26:52.65), Geoffrey Kirui (27:08.44), Charles Cheruiyot (28:20.6), John Mwangangi (28:28.00)

10,000m Women/31:45.00: Linet Masai, Betsy Saina (31:15.97), Caroline Nyakagwa (31:42.25), Linet Chepkirui, Emily Chebet Muge (World Cross Country Champ)

5000m Men/13:15.00: Isiah Kiplagat Koech (12:57.63), Thomas Longosiwa (13:03.88), John Koech (13:06.71), Mark Kiptoo (13:06.23)

5000m Women/15:18.00: Margaret Wangare (14:49.00), Viola Kibiwott (14:39.53), Mercy Cherono (14:49.10), Sylvia Kibet (14:46.73), Janet Khisa (14:57.68), Magdeline Masai (15:02.00), Beatrice Mutai, Sally Kipyego

3000ms/c Women/9:43.00: Milka Chemos (9:07.14), Lydiah Chepkurui (9:13.00), Irvin Kiyeng (9:28.80), Lydiah Rotich (9:31.09), Purity Kirui (9:35.61), Bosibori Nyangau (9:31.00)

3000ms/c Men /8:26.00: Ezekiel Kemboi (8:10.55), Bremin Kipruto (8:11.13), Paul Kipsiele Koech (7:54.31), Consceslus Kipruto, Jirus Kipchoge (8:06.72), Abel Mutai (8:01.67), Bernard Mbugua Nganga (8:10.59), Hilary Yego (8:03.57), Gilbert Kirui (8:09.50)

1500m Women/4:05.50: Nancy Jebet Langat, Helen Obiri (3:59.68), Eunice Sum (4:03.00), Faith Chepng' etich (3:56.96), Mary Kuria (4:03.41)

1500m Men/3:37.00: Asbel Kiprop (3:29.78), Nickson Chepseba (3:29.90),Silas Kiplagat (3:29.63), Bethwel Birgen (3:31.14), Collins Cheboi (3:32.64), James Magut (3:35.29), Daniel Kipchirchir Komen (3:33.05)

800m Women/ 2:00.00: Janeth Jepkoskei (1:57.79), Pamela Jelimo (1:56.94), Cherono Koech (1:59.43), Winny Chebet (1:59.81), Lydia Wafula (2:00.91),

800m Men/1:45.30: David Rudisha (1:40.90), Alfred Kirwa (1:43.40), Timothy Kitum (1:42.00), Anthony Chemut (1:43.96), Job Kinyor (1:43.96), Leonard Konsencha (1:43.60), Edwin Kiplangat (1:43.81), Edwin Kiplagat


WOMEN: Edna Kiplagat, Lydia Cheromei, Priscah Jeptoo, Sharon Cherop, Margaret Akai, Florence Kiplagat, Filomena Cheyech, Jemimah Jelagat, Rita Jeptoo

MEN: Abel Kirui, Wilson Kipsang, Bernard Kipyego, Mike Kipyego, Dennis Kimetto, Emmanuel Mutai, Peter Some, Eliud Kipchoge, Bernard Koech

- Xinhua


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