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Injured Kenyan Fancy Chemutai eyes return to action in July    

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s Fancy Chemutai believes she will be over her ankle injury and back in competition in July.

The 23-year-old was forced off the Kenya team to the World Half Marathon Championships in March and has not raced since.

Speaking from Eldoret on Thursday, she said she has started light training and will be back in top form in four weeks’ time.

“I always push my body hard and that is why I won in Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon in the United Arab Emirates with an ankle problem in my preparation. Sadly, that win cost the injury to aggravate and I had to take some rest. I believe to return strong soon,” she added.

Chemutai believes her best bet will be on the road races and though she has not ruled out competing in the Africa Championships in 10,000m, she believes she can post some fast time when she is fully fit.

“The Africa Championships inspires me, but it is not down to me. I will do my best to make the team, but I also want to run some fast time in road races, maybe in 10 or 15km events,” she said.

Already Athletics Kenya has changed the dates for the National Championships, which will be used as the trial competition for the African Championships. The event that was scheduled for July 5-7, has now been pushed forward to June 21-23.

“We have been forced to bring forward the trial dates to June so as to give chance to our athletes to participate at the Zurich Diamond League,” said AK President Jack Tuwei.

South Africa dominated the 2016 Africa Championships winning 33 medals- 16 gold, nine silver and eight bronze ahead of Kenya, who won 24 medals in the event held in Durban. 

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EARLIER REPORT:

Kenyan Paul Tergat to race against career pacesetter in charity run

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s former 10,000m and world marathon record holder Paul Tergat will race against career track pacesetter on Aug. 11 during the Plascon Color 5km charity run in Nairobi.

Tergat, who broke the 10,000m and world marathon records in August 1997 and September 2003 respectively, will compete against Martin Keino who is a former professional athlete and pacesetter in track events.

Tergat, who also competed in the 5,000m event and is five-time world cross-country champion, retired from competitive athletics and is now the President of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK),

“I have never competed against the athletics legend; however, the event will afford me an opportunity to face Tergat for the first time. I beseech current and elite runners to join us,” Keino appealed on Saturday.

Martin, who son to one legendary runner, Kipchoge Keino, won the 1994 National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) cross-country championship title and 5,000m accolades in 1995 during his time as a student at the University of Arizona in the United States.

Felix Mwaura, the director of the charity event, said they are targeting 5,000 participants for the race whose top five winners will be offered the opportunity to select a project of their choice in informal settlements where they will have 20 roofs of their choice buildings given a fresh shade by the paint makers.

“We want to use sports to raise funds to initiate projects that will cater for the needy in society and to enable bright students from poor backgrounds to access education,” Mwaura said.

The event will have five stations where the participants will be doused from head to toe with colored powder of different shades and the winner will be determined by the intensity of the color on their body.

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