NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
With Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha giving the World Indoor
Championships a wild berth, Kenya’s hopes will rest on two men,
Emmanuel Korir and Michael Saruni.
The two, who are
based in the United States, are doing everything to outshine
A week ago, it was Saruni who left the world dreaming as he
set a fast time over the 600m and later a world lead in indoor
over the 800m in Texas.
However, not to be outdone, Korir will line up on the night
of Feb. 3 at the iconic New York Road Runners Millrose Games in
the USA. Korir is the top name in the men’s 800m along with
Donavan Brazier and Olympic bronze medallist Clayton Murphy.
"Their competition is critical for the Kenya team.
"It will bring out the best in them," said Kenya’s head coach
Japheth Kemei in Nairobi on Saturday.
Saruni, who was dropped in a controversial way from the 800m
team to London World Championships last year in favor of Korir,
Ferguson Rotich, the former IAAF Diamond League winner and David
Rudisha, the Olympic champion, has thrown down the gauntlet and
is waiting for the result.
In the 3,000m women’s race, there will be no Kenyan
representation but the race will still have its spark as world
3,000m steeplechase champion Emma Coburn will contest the 3,000m
flat while world indoor silver medallist Ryan Hill faces Andrew
Butchart in the men’s 3,000m.
Reigning world and Olympic pole vault champion Ekaterini
Stefanidi will open her season in New York Millrose Games where
she will renew her rivalry with world indoor champion Sandi
Morris who has already cleared a world-leading 4.90m in 2018.
In the sprints, world-leader Murielle Ahoure faces reigning
world 100m champion Tori Bowie in the 60m while Jamaicans Omar
McLeod and Asafa Powell face top Americans Ronnie Baker and Noah
Lyles in the men’s 60m.
World 400m hurdles champion Kori Carter steps down to the 60m
hurdles where she will face recent global medallists Dawn
Harper-Nelson and Kristi Castlin while world 110m hurdles
record-holder Aries Merritt faces Devon Allen in the men’s 60m
Elsewhere in the sprints, Olympic 400m champion Shaunae
Miller-Uibo will contest the rarely-run 300m.