Kenya names 68-strong team ahead of Commonwealth Games and African Championships
World 800m record holder David Rudisha and Ezekiel Kemboi, the two-time Olympic and three-time world 3000m steeplechase champion, are among the athletes named on the Kenyan team for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the African Championships in Morocco this summer.
The pair received wildcard entries, with neither of the athletes having competed at the national trials, Rudisha continuing his competitive return abroad having finished seventh in Eugene at the end of last month in his first race since time out with a knee injury.
There was no place on the team for two-time world 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop, though, with the 2008 Olympic champion having dropped out halfway through his trials race.
Among the winners at the trials were world 1500m bronze medallist Hellen Obiri, world 800m champion Eunice Sum and world 5000m silver medallist Mercy Cherono.
The trio have been named on the Kenya team along with the likes of world 3000m steeplechase champion Milcah Chemos – the current Commonwealth champion – and Kenyan javelin record-holder Julius Yego, who finished fourth at last year’s IAAF World Championships in Moscow.
World indoor 3000m champion and current 5000m world leader Caleb Ndiku is one of those listed for the men’s 5000m which could create an interesting battle should Britain’s double world and Olympic 5000m champion Mo Farah decide to race that distance in Glasgow.
Ndiku just missed the 13 minute-mark with his world-leading 13:01.71 to beat Ethiopia’s Yenew Alamirew and fellow Kenyan Edwin Soi in Eugene recently, his confident run and strong kick making the difference.
The 2014 Commonwealth Games take place from July 23 – August 3, with athletics action getting under way on July 27.
Kenya topped the athletics medal table in Delhi in 2010 ahead of Australia and England with a total of 29 medals – 11 gold, 10 silver and eight bronze.