31 runners for Tuesday's Pre-Olympic trials at Nyayo

Apr 10, 2012
  • AK chairman Isaiah Kiplagat hands over a pair of Nike Spikes to Amos Oyaya, Quality Assurance Director in the Ministry of Education.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

31 athletes who have attained the A-Standard qualifying mark will line up next Tuesday April 17 at the Nyayo national stadium to fight for the available 15 slots reserved for the NIKE sponsored trial that will be held during the Samsung Diamond League in Eugene Oregon, USA .

The mini trials for the 10,000m is set for April 17 and only those athletes who have attained the A-standard qualifying mark will be allowed to participate according to Athletics Kneya chairman, Isaiah Kiplagat.

This locks out 15 athletes including African 5000m champion Vincent Yator, Timothy Kiptoo and Alex Mwangi who have all managed to attain B-standards, proving just how competitive the race for the olympic tickets is.

"We have instructed all agents to ensure that all the athletes assemble at Nyayo stadium on the trial day as we will not give no exemption to any athlete,"said Kiplagat.

"We had requests by agents to have some athletes fly directly to Eugene but we are not going to do so."

The A list of qualifiers includes seasoned racer Eliud Kipchoge a former 5000 world champion, Mose Masai fourth at the Beijing Olympics, Mark Kiptoo a commonwealth Bronze medalist,Martin Mathathi a finalist at the last olympics,Leonard Komon among others.

The mini-trial is scheduled to begin at 1.30pm with the Sprints(100m, 200m, 400m and 4x400m) and field events Javelin and the long jump,for both men and women which will serve as curtain raisers to the 10,000m race that will kick off at 3.00pm with all the athletes running in one race.

Meanwhile,AK on Tuesday handed over 770 pair of spikes worth Ksh11.6 million to the Ministry of education to be distributed to various Schools and Institutions  affiliated to AK across the country as a way of promoting athletics in the Kenya.

 "We have been working closely with the Ministry of Education to develop youth athletics and today we donate to the spikes that will help in the development of young talents in School and institution," said Kiplagat after handing over the spikes to Amos Oyaya, Quality Assurance Director in the Ministry of Education who is also in charge of co-curriculum activities at Riadha house, Nairobi.

Kiplagat said that AK would push the committee in charge of kids athletics to come up with the programme before the end of the year adding that Kenya is lagging behind in embracing kids athletics whereas countries such as Uganda and Sudan have so far adopted the programme in their systems. 

"We have not pushed for the kids programme and we want to role out the programme mid this year and hoping to cover the whole country by the end of the year,' added Kiplagat.

Kilagat also revealed the AK has invited the IAAF Kids Athletics” Programme head to Kenya to roll out the programme in May this year.The aim of the programme is to introduce Children to Athletics at a basic level.


Probable pre-trial squad(A-standard)

Lucas Rotich

Josephat Bett

Paul Kipngetich

Emanuel Kipkemei

Leonard Komon

Geofrey Korir

Taitus Kipchumba

Geofrey Kipsang

Moses Ndiema

Bedan Karoki,

Edward Waweru

Martin Irungu,

John Cheruiyot Kemboi

James Gitahi,

John Kimondo

 Peter Cheruiyot

Dennis Chepkongin

Patrick Muendo

 Eliud Kipchoge

 Mark Kiptoo

Paul Mutero

Jacob Korir

Wilson Kiprop

Lewis Korir

Aron Rono

Kevin Chelimo

Leonard Korir

Stephen Sambu

 Geoffrey Kipsang

Mike Kigen



Vincent Yator

Timothy Kiptoo

Alex Mwangi

Kenneth Kiprono

Jacob Wanjiku

Josephat Kiprono

Vincent Rono

Daniel Gitau

Duncan Maina

Benjamin Gando

Micah Njeru

Daniel Lemashon

Dennis Kipruto

Micah Kipkemboi

Isaac Korir.



Elvince Joshua

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