NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Chicago marathon champion Brigit Kosgei has ruled
out competing at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in
Denmark in March.
The 24-year-old said she is fully
focused on the marathon competition and will skip the
championships to allow other young athletes to expose their
"I will not be running at the Kenya trials for the World
Cross Country Championships," Kosgei said on Thursday in
"I however will compete in a few road races to boost my
preparations for the marathon season that starts in March," she
Kosgei, who is back in Kenya after competing at the San
Silvestre Vallecana, an IAAF Silver Label road race, in Madrid,
Spain, said she targets one big city marathon before thinking of
the World Marathon Championships in Doha, Qatar.
"I have to plan for the World Marathon Championships if I
will be selected.
"But at the moment, I have not confirmed which race I will be
competing in April," she added.
On Monday, in Madrid, Kosgei stormed to a 29:54 performance,
a course record in the 10km race, beating Ethiopia’s Tirunesh
Dibaba and Kenya’s Hellen Obiri.
"I’m delighted with my performance but despite this fast time
I will keep focused on the marathon," said Kosgei.
"I don’t know where my next appearance will be as my
management works on that, but I don’t plan to compete at the
Kenyan trials for the World Cross Country Championships," she
Kenyan athletes eye piece
of world Challenge pie in Nanjing meeting
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan athletes will have the chance to feel the tracks in
Nanjing after the Chinese city replaced Madrid as part of the
IAAF World Challenge circuit in 2019.
Nanjing will host the competition on May 21, and Kenya middle
distance runners will be among a host of global stars that will
arrive in China for the one day competition.
Nanjing was awarded the IAAF World Indoor Championships 2020
and will welcome the top global indoor track competition to its
"I would love to run in Nanjing and see how its weather and
track are like," said Olympic 5,000m silver medalist Helen Obiri
"I love the World Indoor Championships and this will offer us
a chance to rehearse on the competition."
World 800m bronze medalist Kipyegon Bett said China has
emerged as a strong promoter of sports.
"China is building up in sports organization and their fans
"I look forward to compete in Nanjing as part of the IAAF
World Challenge Circuit," Bett said.
The IAAF announced the new changes in the calendar of the
World Challenge circuit for 2019. Madrid will be no longer in
the series and opted to be part of European meetings as Premium
"The new meet will be Nanjing in China (site of next World
Indoors 2020) scheduled with the Asian part of the calendar on
May 21," said a statement from the IAAF.
The World Challenge circuit is a second-tier series of
meetings that will take place in nine cities on three
It is one cadre lower than the IAAF Diamond League, which has
a lucrative prize pack and is run in four continents - Africa,
Asia, Europe and Americas.
Nanjing, a city of more than eight million people, staged the
2014 Olympic Youth Games and will build a stadium specifically
for the World Indoor Championships in the Nanjing Youth Olympic
It will offer a permanent legacy as an athletics training
center after the championships.
"I look forward to celebrating the very best of world
athletics in 2020 in Nanjing," said IAAF president Sebastian
"The hosting of these championships will assist the
development of an already established and growing culture of
athletics in the country.