Former All-Africa Games Silver medallist, Cornelius Tuwei was dropped from team Kenya for the World Athletics Championships that will be held from next week in Portland, Oregon.
The 29 year-old was named in the team after finishing fifth at the Kenyan Trials for World Championships and Commonwealth Games that were held in Nairobi.
Tuwei was replaced on the list by the World Indoor silver medallist Noah Kibet who finished a distant seventh at the trials.
The team Kenya 800m men will now be made up of the Olympic 800m champion Emmanuel Korir, the 2018 Commonwealth Games champion Wycliffe Kinyamal, Reigning World U20 800m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi.
Kenya’s Collins Kipruto will be the star to watch in the men’s 800m race at the Paavo Nurmi Games which is a World Athletics continental tour gold level series that will be held on Tuesday (14) in Turku, Finland.
The 27 year-old who broke the meeting record at Eure Athletics Meeting in February will battle his compatriot Cornelius Tuwei who comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 1:43.76 that at the KBC Nacht van de Atletiek, where he took the honor.
Olympic 4×400 silver medallist Tony Van Diepen has also been lined up to fight for the title as he also holds a life time best of 1:44.31 that he got at the Continental Tour Gold meeting in Bydgoszcz.
Kipruto who holds the second fastest time here of 1:43.95, will also battle with the European silver medallist, Andreas Kramer from Sweden who comes with a personal best of 1:44.58 and the 20-year-old Max Burgin from Great Britain, who finished third in his seasonal best of 1:44.54 in Ostrava.
Other title contender includes Gabriel Tual from France, who finished seventh in the Olympic final in Tokyo.
Kenya’s Collins Kipruto set a New Meeting Record in 800m race at the 6th edition of the Eure Athletics Meeting which is a World Athletics Indoor tour silver level that was held at the Jesse Owens Stadium in Val-de-Reuil (Eure).
The 27 year-old led a Kenyan 1-2 podium finish as he battled his fellow country-mate Noah Kibet who is World U20 bronze medallist but Kipruto was too good with his kick as he left him gasping for breath crossing the line with a new Meet record of 1:47.05. Kibet came home in second twenty five seconds later.
Mostafa Smaili from Morocco closed the podium finishes with the same time as Kibet of 1:47.27.
Spain’s Alvaro De Arriba and Cornelius Tuwei from Kenya finished in fourth and fifth place in 1:47.97 and 1:48.38 respectively.
- Collins Kipruto (KEN) 1:47.05
- Noah Kibet (KEN) 1:47.27
- Mostafa Smaili (MOR) 1:47.27
- Alvaro De Arriba (SPN) 1:47.94
- Cornelius Tuwei (KEN) 1:48.38
Tokyo Olympic silver medallist Ferguson Rotich, continued with his superlative performance to claim the Brussels Diamond League that was held on Friday Night (3) at the Allianz Memorial Van Damme in the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, Belgium.
Rotich has been beaten twice by Marco Arop and once by Wyclife Kinyamal who silenced the stubborn Canadian took the two lap race when he crossed the line in style in 1:43.81.
The 31 year-old was Belgiums Elliot Crestan who clocked 1:45.24 and was followed by Cornelius Tuwei who closed the first three finishes in 1:54.24
World under 18 400m silver medalist Mary Moraa won women’s 800m at the 57th edition of the Palio Citta della Quercia in Rovereto, the world Athletics Continental tour in Italy yesterday-night.
Hoping to make her debut in the Diamond League series, Moraa took the two lap race timing 2:00.40 seconds at the World Athletics Continental Silver Tour event.
The Olympic 800m semifinalists led Uruguayan Deborah Rodriguez to second in 2:00.50 and the USA’s Chanelle Price for third timing 2:00.89.
As Moraa battled in women Cornelius Tuwei finished 4th in men’s category in 1:46.25 while former Commonwealth Games 5,000m champion Mercy Cherono clocking 8:40.76 and finishing in third in women’s 3,000m.
World 3,000m steeplechase world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech will headline the Final Zurich Brussels Diamond League Meeting that will be held on Friday (31) in Brussels, Belgium.
The 27 year-old who became the first woman to break 8:50 and 8:45 will face off with with Africa silver medallist Celliphine Chespol and bronze medallist Fancy Cherono.
Other Kenyans on the start list are former world champion Hyving Kiyeng, Caroline Tuigong, Daisy Jepkemei and Norah Jeruto for company in the water jump event.
The Kenyans water champions will battle for the honors with World champion Emma Coburn of the United States and Commonwealth Games champion Aisha Praught of Jamaica.
Africa 1,500 meters champion Winny Chebet is lined up for the event, where she faces stern test from several world beaters including England’s Laura Muir and Laura Weightman, Netherlands’ Hassan Sifan and Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia.
Commonwealth Games 800m champion Wycliffe Kinyamal faces off with Africa silver medallist Emmanuel Korir, Ferguson Rotich, Cornelius Tuwei, with Marcin Lewadonski of Poland also in the mix.