Commonwealth champ Lalang bite the dust,to miss olympic games
Commonwealth Games 800m champion Boaz Kiplagat Lalang was the biggest
casualty of elite runners to miss the London Olympics Games at the
pre-trials hosted at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi,
Lalang who made his debut in the Olympics in Beijing four years
was eliminated after he failed to finish in the race of the pre trials
organized by Athletics Kenya (AK) and sponsored by the National Bank
of Kenya (NBK).
The athlete opted out of the race after 400m due to stomach cramps
which made it difficult for him to continue competing for his Olympics
hopes to go up in smoke in a heat won by world champion and record
holder David Lekuta Rudisha which produced the quickest times of the
Lalang who is the All Africa Games silver medalist mentored by
Kenyan-born American runner Bernard Lagat blamed the organizers for
his elimination by giving contradictory time schedules.
“I was told that I was to run at 1.45pm only to be told in the morning
that my race was supposed to be at 10.40am and by then I had eaten.
The bad timing of eating caused by the contradictory schedule made me
to have the cramps,” said the 2010 Doha World Indoor silver medalist.
Lalang who studies Business Administration at Rend Lake College in
Illinois on August 29, 2010 ran a personal best of 1:42.95 at the
Rieti meeting in second place behind the new world record set by David
Former 800m World champion Alfred Kirwa Yego won his heat to book a
place in the trials by clocking 1:46.02.
Job Kinyor son to the 2010 New York marathon and 2006 Manchester
Commonwealth Games gold medalist Salina Kosgey returned 1:45.06 to
stay in contention.
Others who made it in the two lap race are Youth silver medalist and
Commonwealth Youth Games champion, Timothy Kitum (1:44.03), Nicholas
Kiplagat (1:46.04), Abraham Chirchir (1:45.04) and Anthony Chemut
World and Olympic 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop won heat one by clocking
3:44.08 to post the fifth fastest qualifying time.
The reigning IAAF Samsung Diamond League men 1500m champion Nixon
Chepseba posted the fastest time by returning 3:44.01 with
Commonwealth Games champion and world silver medalist Silas Kiplagat
finishing second in 3:44.03.
All Africa Games silver medalist Collins Cheboi was third by timing
3:44.04 ahead Vincent Mutai (3:44.07) who edged Asbel to fifth place
with Vickson Polonet finishing sixth with 3:45.02).
The other athletes to qualify for the trials are the 2003 World 5000m
champion Gideon Gathimba (3:45.02) Commonwealth Games silver medalist
James Magut who clocked 3:50.00 in sixth place together with Africa
men’s 12km cross country champion John Mwangangi (3:50.01)
Administration Police (AP) national champion Bethwel Birgen (3:53.03).