Athletics Kenya (AK) has said it will again put the 5,000m and 10,000m probable athletes in camp ahead of the national trials and the World Championships due August 10 to 18 next year in Moscow, Russia.
At the same time, AK president Isaiah Kiplagat has said they will not hesitate to hold the national trials for long distance races outside Kenya should a sports apparel manufacturer like Nike or other well-wishers sponsor them ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games.
Athletes to enter camp
Kiplagat said the AK will select the candidates early next year before putting them through a programme to be managed by local coaches ahead of the national trials on July 11-13 at the Nyayo National Stadium.
Kiplagat was addressing the press at the AK headquarters in Riadha House after presenting Sh2.55m as a token to athletes who attended the men’s national 10,000m trials in Oregon, USA ahead of the London Olympics. Seven out of the 15 athletes who attended the trials on June 2 each received Sh170,000.
Kiplagat said the camps that preceded the 5,000m and 10,000m trials for both men and women’s teams proved resourceful even though Kenya failed to win medals in the categories in London.
However, only the men’s 10,000m trails were held in Eugene after other athletes protested at the move.
“Most athletes we took to Eugene posted their personal bests and this is an indication that we have potential since most of them were aged below 25,” said Kiplagat.
“The top three performers at the trials in Eugene - Wilson Kiprop, Moses Ndiema Masai and Bedan Karoki all returned personal best times of 27:01.98, 27:02.25 and 27:05.50 respectively.
Karoki emerged the best Kenyan in fourth position at the Olympics as Masai finished 12th as Kiprop failed to finish.