Ezekiel Kemboi (R), winner of the men's 3000m steeplechase waves to the crowd in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, Sept. 1, 2015. Kenya's athletics team landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport from Beijing in China after winning the overall title at the 15th International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Athletics Championships. (Xinhua/Simbi Kusimba)
Ezekiel Kemboi (R), winner of the men's 3000m steeplechase waves to the crowd in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, Sept. 1, 2015. Kenya's athletics team landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport from Beijing in China after winning the overall title at the 15th International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Athletics Championships. (Xinhua/Simbi Kusimba)

World Championships Ezekiel Kemboi and David Rudisha missed out on the Kenya trials but still got selected to represent the country at this year’s event in London from August 4-13.

Lack of fitness and injury have been cited as the reasons keeping the two athletes out and they got in the team with wild cards. However, the two will have their work cut out as Kenya seeks to improve on the medal haul of seven gold attained in Beijing, China in 2015.

One man looking out to end a jinx and be crowned the world champion will be Geoffrey Kamworor, who takes his battle to the doorstep of his nemesis Mo Farah of Britain in the 10,000m race. Kamworor will be accompanied by his peers Bedan Karorki and Paul Tanui, the three athletes that failed in the attempt to dethrone Farah in Rio Olympics last year.

“We have to change tact and make it harder for Farah to beat us. We have been so predictable and during the last championships in Rio, we almost came close and he even acknowledged the same. Now we need to polish up a few tricks and take it to him head on. We can’t continue playing second fiddle,” said Kamworor, Saturday in Nairobi.

As usual, Kenya trials will not lack its fair share of surprises and this year’s event, held in chocking competition, had its bit with big names going home disappointed as youngsters staked claim to the tickets and will be looked upon to deliver the medals for Kenya in London.

The men’s 800m team will have U.S.-based Emmanuel Korir, Kipyegon Bett and Ferguson Rotich seek to relegate the 800m king Rudisha to the sidelines. Rudisha, who has already suffered two defeats this season, has not gained momentum and will be hopeful, his last show in Ostrava on June 30 will showcase his strength as he puts his title on the line.

“I have started training and am not worried with the progress. I was worse off last year when I started and it has been so since I injured my knee three seasons ago. But I will beat it and get back to shape to defend my title in London,” said Rudisha.

Michael Saruni, who placed third behind Korir and Bett, was sacrificed to create room for Rotich, who finished fourth in the race. Rotich, who won the Diamond League trophy last year in 800m is eligible for the wild card selection as coaches went for experience over speed. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh