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All five Kenyan world champions defend Eugene’s titles – SABC News

All five Kenyans who won gold at the last World Athletics Championships will defend their titles in Oregon next month after being named to the 47-man team from the East African Railway Station.

The team, which also includes Olympic champions Emmanuel Korir and Faith Kipyegon, was selected at the end of a two-day national test in Nairobi on Saturday.

Timothy Cheruiyot, who won the men’s 1500m in Qatar three years ago, will back along with Conseslus Kipruto and Beatrice Chepkoech, who won the men’s and women’s hurdles championships in Doha, as well as Hellen Obiri of the women’s 5000m.

Reigning champion Ruth Chepngetich leads a four-man team for the women’s marathon, but Kenyan Olympic champions Tokyo, Peres Jepchirchir and Eliud Kipchoge, have decided to leave the world for other challenges.

Korir was selected in the men’s 400 and 800 meters but will work his way up in the longer event to beat teammate Wycliffe Kinyamal, who ran one minute in 43.54 seconds – the second best time in the world this year – to win the trials.

Abel Kipsang, this year’s fastest man over 1,500m, won an exciting race in the race to reach the Cheruiyot silver medalist at the Tokyo Olympics and book his ticket to Oregon.

Nicholas Kimeli, who ran the seventh fastest 5,000m of all time in Rome earlier this month, will also be on the plane to Eugene.

Kipyegon’s two – time women’s Olympic champion in the 1,500 meters will be determined to regain the world title she won in London in 2017 but lost to Dutchman Sifan Hassan in Doha three years ago.

The eighteenth World Freestyle Championships, which have been delayed by one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will take place from July 15 to 24 at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon.

All five Kenyan world champions defend Eugene’s titles – SABC News

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