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World champions Ezekiel Kemboi and David Rudisha are among Kenya’s top athletes who had reported to the London 2017 residential camp in Nairobi by Monday morning.
At the same time, Beijing 2015 Worlds men’s 10,000m silver medallist, Geoffrey Kamworor who had also checked in stressed his mission at the August 4 to 13 track and field showpiece remains toppling British great, Mo Farah on home soil.
Athletics Kenya (AK) had given the athletes selected for the World Championships a Sunday deadline to assemble to the camp to start training for the global track and field showpiece on Monday.
However, a staff member at the hotel the team is based in Nairobi told SportPesa News only a handful of the athletes selected after the June 24 trials had reported.
As the Team Kenya class of 2017 Worlds assembles to plot on how to retain the overall title they won in China two years ago, World Cross-Country champion Kamworor hopes to push the effort by upgrading silver to gold in the 25-lap race.
“We have been so predictable and at the Olympics in Rio, we came close and he even acknowledged the same. Now we need to polish up a few tricks and take it to him head on. We cannot continue playing second fiddle,” said Kamworor.
Just like Beijing, Kamworor will have bronze winner, Paul Tanui, who trailed Farah across the line for the second medal in Brazil, and fourth finisher Bedan Karoki as his team-mates in the men’s 10,000m.
Rudisha who is bidding for a third men’s 800m crown is in camp alongside breakout sensation and trials winner Emmanuel Korir who is based at the University of Texas, El Paso, world junior champion Kipyegon Bett and Diamond League champion Ferguson Rotich.
“I was worse off last year when I started and it has been so since I injured my knee three seasons ago. But I will beat it and get back to shape to defend my title in London,” Rudisha told. More athletes were expected to join the camp later on Monday including Hellen Obiri. -SPORTPESA NEWS