Kenya’s Edward Zakayo will skip the Birmingham Diamond League meeting in England next week to take a deserved rest after he won the Africa Senior athletics championships.
Zakayo, 18, will however stage a short training camp in Italy and compete in one race before returning home to continue with his studies at the Kapsait Secondary School in Marakwet.
His coach Eric Kimaiyo, a two-time Honolulu Marathon champion, said Saturday, “We were hoping to prepare Zakayo for Birmingham Diamond League but that has been cancelled. He will now compete in one race in Italy before schools open in September.”
Another athlete also likely to skip the meeting in Birmingham is Africa javelin champion Julius Yego, who is keen to replenish his energies and focus on the IAAF Continental Cup where he looks forward to a challenge from Germany world leaders Johannes Vetter, Andreas Hofmann and reigning Olympic champion Thomas Rohler.