NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Bornes Kitur has ruled out competing at the
Commonwealth Games and instead is focusing her efforts in defending
her title at this year’s Mumbai Marathon on Jan 21.
is expected to name its final team to the Commonwealth Games on
Tuesday with the country’s athletics president Jack Tuwei warning
that anybody planning to compete in international marathon in
January and February will have no chance.
"It is not easy to make Kenya team.
"I looked at the chances and decided to focus on what I have
control over, defending my title in Mumbai.
"I need to make my own fort and name and in doing so, I may be
considered for national assignment later," Kitur said on Wednesday
Athletics Kenya was due to name the marathon teams to the
Commonwealth Games slated for 4-15 April in Gold Coast, Australia
and IAAF World Half Marathon Championships to be held in Valencia,
Spain on March 24.
However, Vice President in charge of competitions Paul Mutwii
said they are yet to finalize the list.
The trials for the other athletics disciplines are however
scheduled to be conducted from March 8-10, with the track and field
having been allocated 57 slots in Team Kenya for the Gold Coast
"Athletes have no voice in the selection apart from their
previous performance and availability.
"I had contractual obligations with the organizers of the Mumbai
marathon and I must honour their call," said Kitur, who is eyeing to
run fast time in the Indian city.
Kitur holds a personal best time of 2:29:01 heading to her title
defence in Mumbai but she will face tough opposition from Ethiopians
Amane Gobena (2:21:51) and Shuko Genemo (2:24:31).
The men’s race includes four runners with sub-2:07 best times in
Ethiopians Solomon Deksisa (2:06:22), Chele Dechasa (2:06:33),
Abraham Girma (2:06:48) and Bahrain’s Shumi Dechase (2:06:43).
"We have a stronger men’s field this year and I think the men’s
course record of 2:08:35 (set in 2016 by Kenya’ s Gideon Kipketer),
will be under threat.
The women’s course record of 2:24:33 (set in 2013 by Kenya’s
Valentine Kipketer) is probably a tougher proposition but far from
unbeatable with the caliber of athletes coming here," race organizer
Vivek Singh said.