Star athletes David Rudisha, Asbel Kiprop, Ezekiel Kemboi, Hyvin Kiyeng and Faith Kipyegon have all been included in Kenya’s squad for the Rio Olympics.
The East African country won seven gold medals at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing last year and all seven champions – Rudish, Kiprop, Kemboi, Nicholas Bett, Julius Yego, Vivian Cheruiyot and Hyvin Kiyeng – have been included.
Olympic and World champion Rudisha gets the nod despite struggling with injury and form for the better of a year while Cheruiyot has been in impressive form this season, winning the Kenya trials last week.
“I feel that my body is coming back pretty nicely and I am in better form than last year. I am focused and determined to defend my title,” Rudisha said.
Cheruiyot said: “I can’t say I will win Olympic gold, even though it is the most important medal missing from my collection, but I will prepare well.
“There is still time to train and I leave everything in the hands of God. Everybody is in good shape. We will plan with Betsy (Saina) and Alice (Aprot).”
Kenya, though, can still tweak their Rio Olympics squad before July 11’s IAAF deadline.
200m: Carvin Nkanata, Mike Mokamba
400m and 4x400m: Alphas Kishoyan, Raymond Kibet, Alex Sampao, Boniface Mweresa
800m: Alfred Kipketer, Ferguson Rotich, David Rudisha
1500m: Asbel Kiprop, Elijah Manangoi, Ronald Kwemoi
5000m: Caleb Mwangangi Ndiku, Isaiah Kiplangat Koech
10,000m: Paul Tanui, Charles Yosei, Geoffrey Kamworor, Bedan Karoki
Marathon: Eliud Kipchoge, Stanley Biwott, Wesley Korir
3000m steeplechase: Brimin Kipruto, Conceslus Kipruto, Ezekiel Kemboi
400m hurdles: Nicholas Bett, Boniface Mucheru, Aron Koech
High jump: Mathew Sawe
Javelin: Julius Yego
20km race walk: Samuel Gathimba, Simon Wachira
400m: Maureen Jelagat, Margaret Wambui
800m: Margaret Wambui, Eunice Sum, Winnie Chebet,
1500m: Faith Kipyegon, Nancy Chepkwemoi. Viola Lagat
5000m: Vivian Cheruiyot, Hellen Obiri, Mercy Cherono
10,000m: Vivian Cheruiyot, Betsy Saina, Alice Aprot
Marathon: Jemima Sumgong, Helah Kiprop, Visline Jepkesho
3000m steeplechase: Hyvin Kiyeng, Beatrice Chepkoech, Lydia Rotich
400m hurdles: Maureen Jelagat
20km race walk: Grace Wanjiru
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