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Olympic women 10000m Trial brought foward

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NAIROBI, Kenya, June 13- Athletics Kenya moved the women Olympics Trial to Friday in honour of the State funeral for the late Internal Security Minister, George Saitoti set for the following day.

The race originally planned for 11am on Saturday will see Kenya select three athletes to represent their nation at the 2012 London Olympics that start on July 27.

“As a mark of respect, we shall hold the women 10000m Trial on Friday in solidarity with the nation since Saturday is a day set aside to pay the last respects to a man who was not only an important minister but a friend to us as well.

“Saitoti worked with sports particularly athletics for many years notably the juniors when he was in charge of the Education ministry and as a fraternity, we are united in grief,” Kiplagat told Capital FM.

Consequently, the eagerly awaited Trial will be the main event on the programme on Friday with the race scheduled to start at 12:40pm at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

Double world champion, Vivian Cheruiyot is the headline act in the race she will be seeking her first London Olympics ticket.

“Cheruiyot has indicated to us she wants to double in London. She and other athletes interested in doubling have one week to recover for the women 5000m Trial on June 23,” the athletics boss added.

Others in contention for the London slots on Friday include Sally Kipyego and Linet Masai who won silver and bronze in the 25-lap race in Daegu, last year.

According to the official programme, Day 1 highlights include the women 3000m steeplechase, 20Km men Race walking and various field event finals.

The two-day event will a round for athletes keen on securing London qualifying standards with electronic timing set to be used.

Saitoti, his assistant Joshua Orwa Ojode, two pilots in addition to two body guards perished last Sunday in a helicopter crash in Kibiko Forest in Ngong.

DAY 1 PROGRAMME

0730HRS ATHLETES AND OFFICIALS ASSEMBLE
0800HRS 20KM WALK MEN FINAL
0900HRS 20KM WALK WOMEN Q ROUND
1000HRS 400MH WOMEN SEMI FINAL
1010HRS 400MH MEN SEMI FINAL
1010HRS DISCUS MEN FINAL
SHOT PUT WOMEN FINAL
POLE VAULT MEN FINAL
HAMMER WOMEN FINAL
1020HRS 100M WOMEN Q ROUND
1030HRS 100M MEN Q ROUND
1035HRS 1000M MEN FINAL
1105HRS 1500M WOMEN SEMI FINAL
1115HRS 1500M MEN SEMI FINAL
DISCUS WOMEN FINAL
HIGH JUMP WOMEN FINAL
JAVELIN WOMEN FINAL
HAMMER MEN FINAL
1120HRS 100MH WOMEN SEMI FINAL
1130HRS 110MH MEN SEMI FINAL
1140HRS 3000MSC WOMEN FINAL
TRIPLE JUMP WOMEN FINAL
1150HRS 200M WOMEN Q ROUND
1200HRS 200M MEN Q ROUND
LONG JUMP MEN FINAL
HIGH JUMP MEN FINAL
1220HRS 800M WOMEN SEMI FINAL
1230HRS 800M MEN SEMI FINAL
1240HRS 100M WOMEN SEMI FINAL
1250HRS 100M MEN SEMI FDINAL
LONG JUMP WOMEN FINAL
1300HRS 400M WOMEN SEMI FINAL
1320HRS 400M MEN SEMI FINAL
1340HRS 3000MSC MEN SEMI FINAL
1410HRS 200M WOMEN SEMI FINAL
1420HRS 200M MEN SEMI FINAL
1440HRS 5000M MEN SEMI FINAL
1500HRS 4X100M WOMEN SEMI FINAL
1520HRS 4X100M MEN SEMI FINAL
1530HRS 4X400M WOMEN SEMI FINAL
1540HRS 4X400M MEN SEMI FINAL

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