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AK announce selection mode for Olympics

NAIROBI, June 30 – Athletics Kenya (AK) has announced the selection criteria that will be used to select the Olympics team at the national athletics trials set for this weekend.

AK chairman Isaiah Kiplagat said Monday that the first two athletes across the line will automatically make the team with the third being selected by a panel of selectors.

“It will be one and two across the line and the third one will be selected by a panel. In most cases anyway, it will be 1-2-3 across the line unless there is a special or exceptional situation where we have to include someone who has not crossed the line,” said Kiplagat.

Africa 800 Metres champion Pamela Jelimo said she was happy with her performances at the national championships and is looking forward to the trials.

I wanted to see where I was in terms of speed ahead of the trails because 800 metres is so fast almost like 400 metres and I was happy with my performance,” she said.

The 18 year old said she was looking forward to the Olympics. “I am now training for the Olympics. We are going to do the best at the trials and train hard and make our team the best so that when we get out there we shall do Kenyans proud,” said Jelimo.

She was full of praise of the pre Olympic training camps that were held in Eldoret and Nairobi saying they had been of great help.

“The teamwork between athletes was very good because athletes who had no place to train got a chance to train well and improve because they were training with other athletes and had coaches to guide them,” she observed.

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At the same time AK has announced that it will let athletes compete in some races ahead of the Olympics.

Kiplagat said that there will be more than a month from the trials to the games and that it would only be fair to let the athletes compete in a few races to stay sharp provide they get permission from the coaches.

The two day trials will be held on July 4th and 5th at the Nyayo national stadium.

Meanwhile, Julius Yego has been included in the national junior team for next month’s World Junior Championships in Poland.

Yego upset Africa bronze medallist Sammy Keskenny to win the national javelin with a monster throw of 72.26 metres. The youngster joins 23 other juniors currently preparing for the five day championships.

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