NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
African champion and overwhelming favorite, Alice
Aprot, will not compete at the 2018 Commonwealth Games after
sensationally crashing out of the women’s 10,000m trial in
Nairobi on Saturday.
Aprot, a fourth
finisher over the distance at the Rio 2016 Olympics and 2017
IAAF World Championships in London was widely tipped to lead the
Kenyan line-up for the Gold Coast Club Games but she dropped out
of the race.
(32:41.2), the 2,000m steeplechase silver medalist at the 2015
IAAF World U-18 Championships in Cali, Colombia, edged out
hard-fighting Stacy Ndiwa (32:41.6) in the final sprint for the
25-lap race honours.
They will be joined
in the Gold Coast team for the event by Beatrice Mutai (32:44.7)
who led the challengers home in third.
The women’s 10,000m
showdown was one of the most anticipated races at the Trials
with Aprot, who won silver at the 2017 IAAF World Cross in
Kampala, Uganda, expected to crush the field.
But having embedded
herself in the leading pack in the initial exchanges, Aprot
followed Emily Chebet, another rank favourite in withdrawing
from the competition to the surprise of many at Moi
International Sports Centre, Kasarani Stadium.
At the bell, only
four of the 110 starters to the race had an interest in the
podium places and it soon boiled down into a sprint for the line
between Chebet and Ndiwa over the final 300m before the former
motored to victory.
“My aim is to step
up training and bring Kenya a medal. The competition was tough
with athletes such as Aprot and Ndiwa in the field but I had a
good race,” the winner told reporters at the finish.
Chebet who also
represented Kenya at the 2016 IAAF World U-20 Championships in
Bydgoszcz, Poland will choose which event to compete for her
nation having also qualified for the Mar. 17 2018 Africa Cross
Country Championships in Chlef, Algeria.