NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion Conseslus
Kipruto may miss the World Championships in London next month
after he aggravated his ankle injury.
Kipruto, who is
facing a reality test against his mentor and challenger Ezekiel
Kemboi, failed to finish the Rabat race citing an ankle injury
and is out to seek rehabilitation and doctor’s approval before
he resumes competition. However, time is not on his side with
the World Championships just two weeks away.
“I still have a lot
of trouble with my right ankle. I decided to race in Rabat to
gauge how it will react. I was hoping the pain would stay away.
But it was wise to leave the race and try to get healthy,” he
Kipruto was also
forced to pull out of the Ostrava Golden Spike meeting in June
because of the injury and his failure to finish the race in
Morocco is clear indication he will be sweating on the doctor’s
bench ahead of the World Championships.
organisers of the Monaco Diamond League meeting have confirmed
that former Olympic champion Brimin Kipruto will be leading the
elite list of athletes for the event on Friday (July 21).
Kipruto holds the
fastest time, which dates back in 2011, where he completed the
race in 7:54.64, only one hundredth of a second off from the
world record. Also racing will be the World Champion Ezekiel
Kemboi (Kenya) and the French Bouabdellah Tahri.
Kemboi who will be
bowing out for retirement at the World Championships in London
wants to leave a mark after he was denied his bronze medal at
the Rio Olympics.