NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
World Junior steeplechase champion Celliphine
Chespol will skip the Monaco Diamond League meeting to avoid
burning out ahead of the Africa Championships.
According to Kenya’s
head coach Stephen Mwaniki, Chespol, who won gold at the World
U-20 Championships in Finland last week, will not be allowed to
travel to Monaco.
“She has no
permission to compete in Monaco from the federation and we
expect her in camp after returning from Finland,” Mwaniki said
on Wednesday in Nairobi.
Organizers of the
Monaco Diamond League had slotted Chespol to compete in the
water and hurdle race together with World Champion Emma Coburn
of the USA, current world leader Beatrice Chepkoech of Kenya and
Oslo’s Diamond League winner Hyvin Kiyeng.
“She is still young
and we must treat her carefully. If exposed too early she may
burn out and fail to deliver the performance required at the
Africa Championships,” said Mwaniki.
The Senior Africa
Athletics Championships will be held in Asaba, Nigeria from Aug
1-5. The Kenya team of 60 athletes is due to jet out on July 28.
“Currently, I have
50 athletes in camp with the others having been allowed to fly
to Monaco for the Diamond League. Some will also go to London
(July 20) for the next round of the Diamond League and after
that we expect them to focus on training for the continental
championships,” added Mwaniki.
African Athletics (CAA) technical director Vivian Gungaram has
already given thumbs up sign for the competition after touring
Gungaram said in a
statement he was satisfied with the level of preparedness of the
country to host the event.
“It is my second
inspection visit and a lot of work has been finalized. I am sure
the venue will be ready by this week,” Gungaram said.
Kenya finished in
second position during the last championship in Durban with
eight gold, eight silver and eight bronze behind the hosts South
Africa who amassed 33 medals while Nigeria were third with 16
medals. But Mwaniki is confident Kenya will secure the overall
title this time round.
Top two runners from
each discipline at the Africa Championships will qualify for the
IAAF Continental Cup scheduled for Ostrava, Czech Republic on