The Kenya Olympic trials were held over the weekend and a squad of 37 athletes were selected to represent Kenya at August Bejing Olympics.
Like any competitive event with winners and losers, this year’s kenya olympic trials were ugly. The medical team was busy at the end as a good number of athletes finished the event with bruises and knocks.
The spirit of win at all cost
The injured athletes accused their rivals of stepping on them. The fourth placed finisher in the 3,000 steeplechase, Paul Koech has challenged the outcome of the race. He claims the winner Ezekiel Kemboi, shoved him and stepped on him.
I watched the Footage of the race and it was very clear Kemboi not only shoved his opponents but also jumped outside the barriers. Last year Kemboi was disqualified for a similar incident but somehow the officials here ignored his illegal jump.
The Chairman of Kenya athletics federation, Isaiah Kiplagat has promised to review the video footage and see whether any athlete acted improperly.
Kenya Olympic team
Moses Masai, Martin Irungu, Mica Kogo
Edwin Soi, Elid kipchoge, Thomas Longosiwa
Ezekiel Kemboi, Brimin Kipruto, Richard Mateelong
Augustine Choge, asble Kiprop, Nicholas Kemboi
Wilfred Bungei, Boaz Kiplangat, Alfred Kirwa
Lucy Kabuu, Grace Momanyi, Linet Masai
Vivian Cheruiyot, Prisca Jepleting, Sylvia Kibet
Eunice Jepkorir, Ruth Bosibori, Veronica Nyaruai
Viola Kibiwot, Nancy Jebet
Pamela Jelimo, Janet Jepkosgei