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Olympic champion Kipruto handed Commonwealth wildcard

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 Coast, Australia.

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 skip competition.

“Shortly after 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 stated.

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 event.

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.

World 5,000m 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.



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