In Summary
  • Karoki said he is building up for Chicago marathon by running half marathons
  • He is also eyeing a slot in Kenya's marathon team for next year’s Tokyo Olympics
  • AK Tuesday pushed the trials for the World Championships from this month to September 12-13 at the Nyayo National Stadium

Bedan Karoki will skip Athletics Kenya's National Championships due to prior commitments in Argentina.

The National Championships, slated for August 20-22, will see the federation select the men and women’s 10,000m teams for the World Championships planned from September 28- October 6 in Doha, Qatar.

Speaking from his training base in Nyahururu, Karoki - who was to feature in the 10,000m race - said he will be running a half marathon in Argentina when the National Championships will be taking place in Nairobi.

“I had committed myself in the half marathon in the Argentina and I have to honour it,” he said.

Karoki, a silver medallist at the 2016 World Half Marathon and 2015 World Cross Country, said he is building up for Chicago marathon by running half marathons. He is also eyeing a slot in Kenya's marathon team for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

Karoki is seeking to run a good time in Chicago in October to boost his chances of being in the Olympic team that is likely to be named early next year.

Meanwhile, World Under-18 bronze medallist Stanley Waithaka of Nyandarua believes the 5,000m race of the World Championship trials in September will be explosive.

Waithaka, who has upped his training in Nyahururu in readiness for the competition, said the high number of runners with good times this year who will be taking part in the men's race makes the event to be among those that will be hotly contested.

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