By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan team coach Julius Kirwa said Tuesday four
members of the World Championships team have not reported to the
pre-event training camp in Nairobi.
The missing athletes
are Irene Cheptai, Agnes Jebet, Eunice Sum and Margaret Chelimo.
Kirwa has said
athletes who do not undergo at least three mandatory
out-of-competition doping tests before the event could be pulled
out of the team.
“We haven’t heard
from the athletes since the national trials and we don’t know
where they are and their state. AK must take decisive action
against them,” said Kirwa.
Kenya ruled the
roost at the 2015 Beijing World Championships, winning seven
gold medals, and will have five of the seven champions parading
in London as it seeks to firm its grip at the top of the
With a team of over
50 athletes, Kenya hopes it will have the strength to weather
the storm from giants USA, China and Germany for the
championships which starts on August 4.
The country will
have a quality team in the relay and sprints races to supplement
on the medals from the middle and long distance events.
“We have medal
prospects in relays and the field events. Our javelin athlete
Julius Yego is doing well and we hope we can compete well in
400m and the relays,” said Kirwa.
Kenya sent a team of
49 athletes to the 2013 Championships in Moscow and 60 athletes
However, injury and
stiff competition have forced the country to cut down its team
to just 51 for London games.
Kenya’s Bett to miss London
By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s hopes at the London World Championships
were dealt a blow on Tuesday after world 400m hurdles champion
Nicholas Bett pulled out with a recurrent right leg injury.
Bett will join the
list of athletes who will not defend their titles from Beijing
2015 including Jamaican Usain Bolt in the 200 metres, Ashton
Eaton in decathlon, Matej Toth in 50 km walk.
And the absentees in
women’s events, include Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the 100m,
Vivian Cheruiyot in the 10,000m, Christina Schwanitz in shot
put, Jessica Ennis-Hill in heptahtlon and Liu Hong in 20km walk.
The World Championships is due from Aug. 4 to 13 in London.
Jukka Harkonen confirmed that his athlete will give the
championships a bye, saying a serious stress fracture on his
fibula bone is to blame.
Bett is experiencing
sharp pain in his right leg and this was amplified during the
Diamond League in Doha on May 5.
“The pain came again
after the Shanghai meeting on May 13 and he started treatment in
Nairobi,” said Harkonen. “We advised him to take leave, but he
will not recover in time for the championships.”
An MRI scan in
Nairobi cleared Bett of any injury, but failed to explain the
pains, which forced his manager to fly him to Lahti, Finland for
further check-up and treatment.
“We examined Bett on
June 8 and it was discovered that Bett had a serious stress
fracture,” explained Harkonen.
Bett would start two
weeks of full rest and then another four weeks of pool work
before starting easy jogging after six weeks.
He missed the
National Championships and Trials on June 23-23 in Nairobi. Bett
is expected to resume training next month and hopes to make it
to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
since my main target was to defend my title,” said Bett in
Nairobi. “I will be back in good health and stronger for the
Head coach Julius
Kirwa said Bett’s injury is a blow to Kenya’s chances at the
London World Championships but believes his void will be filled
by his brother Haron Koech, who is part of the Kenya team.
Hopes high as Kenya seeks to
reclaim gold in men’s marathon at London worlds
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Just a week before heading to London for the
World Championships, Kenya’s men’s marathon team is confident it
will stand the test and claim victory in the longest and
It will be the first
time that Kenya will be entrusting the huge task to face the
world to a batch of young athletes, who are yet to affirm their
prowess repeatedly on the global stage in big city marathon
With top names
opting to chase money in Berlin or Chicago, the Kenya team
members will relish the chance to take on the world and stake
their claim to silverware that is hard to come by in a choking
field of elite marathoners.
champion Geoffrey Kirui, Gideon Kipketer, the Tokyo Marathon
silver medalist, and London marathon champion Daniel Wanjiru
have wound down their training in Eldoret and will move to
Nairobi briefly before heading to London.
“Training has gone
down well. We are in the last stages here winding down on areas
that need to be worked on. The real hard training is done and am
happy nobody has been forced out with an injury,” said Kirui.
The challenge ahead
is tough after world record holders Wilson Kipsang and Eliud
Kipchoge, the Olympic champion, withdrew from the team.
Kenyans have done
well in this competition save for little interruption from
Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich who won in Moscow.
Kenya missed out on
medals at the Beijing World Championships with Eritrea’s Ghirmay
Ghebreslassie claiming gold ahead of Yemane Tsegaye of Ethiopia
and Uganda’s Munyo Solomon Mutai.
The top Kenyan was
Mark Korir who finished in position 22 with Kiprotich, who was
then defending champion, settling for sixth place. Now the
Kenya’s young team is keen to make amends in London.
The Kenyans are keen
to run as a team in London despite the fact that the trio has no
experience of competing at the world championships.
“For the three of
us, we will be running as new athletes in the championships but
that will not lower our morale to perform better. We will help
each other and make sure we all get into the medal bracket if
possible,” said Kirui.
The women’s team has
more experience in World Championships competition with Edna
Kiplagat having won twice and Helah Kiprop having struck silver
at the last championships in Beijing.
Kenyan Elijah Kimutai to scour
new targets in triple jump at London worlds
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya team to the global Championships always has
a lone wolf in the pack and at the London World Championships
Elijah Kimitei will be the unknown assassin in the triple jump
Like his mentors
Olympic javelin champion Julius Yego and Nicholas Bett (400m
hurdles), Kimitei hopes he will be strong enough to challenge
for the medals on his first shot at the big championships.
However, he is only contending with the fact that he has made
the team to London.
“It is a new
experience for me. I will be putting in my best, though I am
aware it may not be enough to make the cut to the second round,
but it clears a big hurdle in my ambition to become a world
champion,” said Kimitei.
Kenya has entered a
team of 51 athletes to the championships, which start on August
4 and hope they will be strong enough to defend the overall
title they won in Beijing back in 2015.
Kimitei, who has
remained unbeaten in local competition since 2010 was confident,
saying time is ripe for Kenya to also make a mark in the jumps.
However, he is alive
he will be up against some of the best jumpers including USA’s
2012 and 2016 Olympic champion Christian Taylor and 2013 world
champion Teddy Tamgho from France.
“It has been my
dream to meet them and compete against them,” said Kimitei. “I
will not drop my guard and must let my body fly.”
The 31-year-old has
represented Kenya in four Africa Championships and the
Commonwealth Games. But in London he hopes to gain new height.
Distance and not time will tell how far he can jump.