The 13 athletes selected by AthleticsKenya (AK) to compete for Olympics tickets in the men's 10,000mduring the Pre Fontaine Classic Trial in Eugene have shifted campto Nairobi ahead of their departure for Oregon on Sunday. AK Public Relations Officer, Peter Angweyi, disclosed on Tuesdaythat the 13 runners, led by the 2009 world bronze medalist, MosesMasai, who won the pre-trial race in Nairobi on April 17, wereshifted to the capital city to wind down their preparations aheadof the June 2 race where three will earn tickets to compete inLondon. "We decided to bring them here so that that can complete theirtraining as a group since they only require light work-outs," headded. At the same time, Angwenyi announced that double world champion,Vivian Cheruiyot, will lead an elite cast of female distancerunners in the chase for Olympic tickets in the correspondingwomen's race at the trial that will run alongside the June 14 to 16National Championships in Nairobi. |
Cheruiyot will face the trio that she led to the Kenyan 1-2-3-4finish in Daegu, silver winner Sally Kipyego, bronze medallistLinet Masai and Priscah Jepleting Cherono who finished just outsidethe podium in the trial. The quartet are in a provisional list of 10 released by AK thatalso include Commonwealth champion Grace Momanyi, Military Gamestitleholder Doris Changeiywo, 2010 world half marathon bronzewinner Peninah Arusei, 2009 world half marathon silver medallistPeninah Arusei and Caroline Nyakaga. "We hope to have 20 athletes competing for places during the trialsince we are expecting more to go under the London A-Standard(31:45.00) by that time," he added. Cheruiyot, will start as the favorite to secure one of the threeslots available in the women's 10,000m squad despite asserting lastweekend during the Kenya Police Championships she was not sure shewill double in London. "I have not decided whether I will double at the London Olympicsbut my biggest aim is to win the only medal that I have not yet wonin my career.
This is the year I should do that and I will focus ondoing my best to realize my dream," she said after winning thewomen's 1,500m. At the same time, the team to represent Kenya in the same event atthe Africa Senior Championships in Benin will be chosen at theNationals with the National Junior Trials scheduled for June 8 and9 in Nairobi where the country will choose its squad for the WorldJunior Championships in Barcelona. Special Report: London Olympics 2012.
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