Aviva London Grand Prix to gauge Kenya Athletes
Aviva London Grand Prix will offer Kenyan athletes an opportunity to
gauge their preparedness for the London Olympic Games.
The race that is the world’s only two-day Samsung Diamond League event
will be staged at Crystal Palace on July 13-14.
Team Kenya athletics coach Sammy Rono said the London Grand Prix is
important since athletes will put to practice what they learn in
training camp at the Moi International Sports Centre.
The world 10,000m and 5000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot will compete in
the event alongside 2008 Beijing Olympics 800m silver medalist Janeth
1,500m trials winner Silas Kiplagat will also take part.
He said: “These competitions (Grand Prix) are important because they
offer us coaches chance to gauge and test the strength of our
athletes. “By participating in such events athletes on the other hand
are able to put into practice what they learn in camp,” he said.
“We allowed a number of athletes to race in Meeting Areva in Paris
last Saturday and as coaches we were impressed with their
performance,” said Rono.
When asked whether more athletes will be permitted to run in the
Samsung Diamond League in Monaco on July 20, Rono said it was the
prerogative of the management to rule on such matters.
“Monaco event is very close to the Olympics but the decision whether
our athletes should travel or not lies with the management,” he said.
Athletes who competed in Paris include world 800m champion David
Rudisha, Isaiah Kiplangat and Edwin Soi (5000m).
Rono said most of the athletes who participated in the Samsung Diamond
League in Paris are back at the camp and have resumed training.