NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Athletics Kenya (AK) handed Olympic and world
steeplechase champion, Conseslus Kipruto, the wildcard on
Saturday to compete at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold
Kipruto who won the
men water and barriers race at Rio 2016 Olympics and London 2017
worlds was taken ill on Friday and was advised by doctors to
arriving in Nairobi, I started feeling unwell and doctors
advised me not to run today (Saturday).
“I wanted to compete
and make it to the squad for Australia but after becoming sick,
I requested AK for the wildcard,” the former World U-18 champion
Kipruto, 23, added
the world title to his Olympics crown last year after battling
an injury plagued season to sustain Kenya’s dominance at the
At the same time,
silver winner, Timothy Cheruiyot trumped world champion, Elijah
Manangoi in the men 1500m on Saturday as the pair made the
Kenyan team for the Club Games on Saturday.
Cheruiyot who is a
training partner to Manangoi stopped the clock at 3:34.1 at the
punishing elevation of Nairobi for victory with the world
champion coming home in 3:35.1.
Former world under
20 titleholder, Kumari Taki (3:35.5) finished third to deny
Manangoi’ s younger brother and world under 18 champion, George
a ticket to the Gold Coast by the thickness of a vest in a
thrilling battle for the line.
Kenya’s Bett eyes wild cards
for Commonwealth Games
NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
World 800m bronze medalist Kipyegon Bett is
sweating over the participation at the Commonwealth Games.
Bett missed out from
the Kenya trials on Saturday and will have to wait for the wild
card to make the team, though Kenyan officials had ruled out
that all athletes must compete on during the trials for them to
qualify to make the team to Gold Coast.
Bett failed to
recover from the injury sustained in training two weeks ago,
hence failing to make the trials at Kasarani. Bett failed to
start during the 800m semi-finals in the morning.
champion Hellen Obiri was assured of a wild card as she is
focusing on the IAAF Indoor Tour, where she aims to compete at
the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham on March 1-4.
Obiri last won Kenya
gold in this event at the 2014 event, but skipped the 2016
edition. She will represent Kenya in the 5,000m in Gold Coast.