NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will have at least 12 athletes in the
Africa team for the IAAF Continental Cup, which will be held in
Ostrava, the Czech Republic on Sept. 8-9.
According to the
IAAF, unlike the 2014 edition, there are no limits on the number
of athletes entered from any one country.
This means that all
the gold medalists from the Africa Championships and silver
medalists will have a shot at the IAAF Continental Cup.
Kenya won 11 gold
medals, which grants the winners automatic entry. However,
silver medalists in events Kenya did not win will also have a
This means that
Kenya will have direct entry for Conseslus Kipruto
(steeplechase), Julius Yego (Javelin), Hellen Obiri (5,000m),
Elijah Managoi (1,500m), Edward Zakayo (5,000m), Winny Chebet
(1,500m), Beatrice Chepkoech (steeplechase), Matthew Sawe (High
Jump), Samuel Gathimba and Grace Wanjiru (20km walk), Stacy
Ndiwa (10,000m) and Emmanuel Korir (800m).
“Unlike the 2014
edition, there are no limits on the number of athletes entered
from any one country.”
Each team may also
enter up to a maximum of three overall reserve athletes. The
deadline for final entries on Aug. 29, said IAAF.
That number might
increase should the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA)
decide to enter more than one athlete from every country for the
championships, which will mark the end of the track and field
competition this season.
According to a
statement by IAAF, each of the four teams—Africa, Europe, Asia
and America—will be determined by their own Confederations.
While the final
entries are still to be confirmed by the confederations, team
for Africa will largely be based upon the finishes at the
African Championships, which concluded in Nigeria on Sunday.
freshly-minted continental champions, including 100 and 200m
winner Josee Marie Ta Lou of Cote d’Ivoire, 400 and 800m winner
Caster Semenya of South Africa and men’s 800m champion Nijel
Amos of Botswana and Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya in steeplechase
are expected to compete, said the statement.
For Team Europe, the
defending Continental Cup champions, selection will be primarily
based upon the results at the European Championships that are
taking place this week at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.
champion Dina Asher-Smith of Britain has already confirmed that
she’ll accept the team spot, setting up an intriguing duel with
Ta Lou as the pair share the 2018 world lead at 10.85, said IAAF.
Composition of the
Asia-Pacific and Americas teams will be based upon athletes’
positions on the 2018 performance lists.
Each team will enter
two athletes for each individual event and one team for each
relay (maximum six athletes).
This year marks the
third edition of the IAAF Continental Cup, the successor to 10
editions of the IAAF World Cup in Athletics whose inaugural
edition took place in Dusseldorf in 1977.
Kenyan Edward Zakayo Zakayo to
skip Diamond League meeting
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Edward Zakayo will skip the Birmingham
Diamond League meeting in England next week to take a deserved
rest after he won the Africa Senior athletics championships.
Zakayo, 18, will
however stage a short training camp in Italy and compete in one
race before returning home to continue with his studies at the
Kapsait Secondary School in Marakwet.
His coach Eric
Kimaiyo, a two-time Honolulu Marathon champion, said Saturday,
“We were hoping to prepare Zakayo for Birmingham Diamond League
but that has been cancelled. He will now compete in one race in
Italy before schools open in September.”
Another athlete also
likely to skip the meeting in Birmingham is Africa javelin
champion Julius Yego, who is keen to replenish his energies and
focus on the IAAF Continental Cup where he looks forward to a
challenge from Germany world leaders Johannes Vetter, Andreas
Hofmann and reigning Olympic champion Thomas Rohler.