•Omanyala will be Kenya’s sole representative in the men’s 100m in Oregon while in Birmingham he will be accompanied by Samuel Imeta
•On his part, Kinyamal said he is going to take it easy and not put undue pressure on himself ahead of the two assignments.
African 100m champion Ferdinand Omanyala, Olympic 800m champion Emmanuel Korir and Commonwealth 800m champion Wycliffe Kinyamal are among athletes expected to double in both World Championships in Oregon and Commonwealth Games in Birmingham respectively.
Omanyala will be Kenya’s sole representative in the men’s 100m in Oregon while in Birmingham he will be accompanied by Samuel Imeta, who was part of the 4x100m relay team that clinched gold at the Senior Africa Athletics Championships in Mauritius over three weeks ago.
Omanyala believes the hard work begins right now considering the minimal time until the World Championships.“I wish I ran under 10 seconds but the trials are now finished and there is a huge task ahead of me. The World Championships are going to be tough and my focus after this is to train hard,” Omanyala said.
On his part, Kinyamal said he is going to take it easy and not put undue pressure on himself ahead of the two assignments.
“I wouldn’t want to say with certainty that I am going to come back with a medal but I know there is a huge battle ahead. I want to work hard so that I am in my best shape by the time I get to Oregon and Birmingham,” Kinyamal said.
Double Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon will lead Kenya’s charge at Oregon alongside Winnie Chebet, Edna Jebitok and Judy Kiyeng.
The 2018 World Under 20 5000m champion Edward Zakayo makes a return to Team Kenya where he will accompany former World Half Marathon record holder Kibiwott Kandie and Africa 5000m silver medalist Daniel Simiu to Birmingham for the men’s 10,000m.
World 3000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto will be looking for redemption after he was named in both teams for the two assignments. He will be accompanied to Oregon by the 2016 Africa bronze medalist Abraham Kibiwott, Leonard Bett and Benjamin Kigen.
World Under 20 champion Amos Serem will further join Kibiwott and Kipruto for the Birmingham assignment, with Amos Kirui as reserve.The closing ceremony for the trials was presided over by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta who shared some advice with the two teams.
Also present was Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed.
Team Kenya for Commonwealth Games Men’s 100m1. Ferdinand Omanyala, Samuel Imeta; Women’s 100m: Maximila Imali; Men’s 200m: Mike Mokamba, Dan Kiviasi; Women’s 200m: Maximila Imali; Men’s 400m1. Emmanuel Korir2. Boniface MweresaWomen’s 400m1. Mary Moraa: Veronica Mutua; Men’s 400m H1. Wiseman Were, Men’s 800m: Wycliffe Kinyamal, Emmanuel Wanyonyi, Elias Ngeny; Women’s 800m: Mary Moraa, Jarinter Mawia; Men’s 1500m: Timothy Cheruiyot, Abel Kipsang, Kumari Taki; Women’s 1500m: Winnie Chebet, Ednah Jebitok; Men’s 3000m SC: Amos Serem, Abraham Kibiwott, Conseslus Kipruto, Amos Kirui (reserve); Women’s 3000m SC: Jackline Chepkoech, Celliphine Chespol, Purity Kirui (reserve): Men’s 5000m: Nicholas Kimeli, Jacob Krop, Cornelius Kemboi; Women’s 5000m: Selah Jepleting, Beatrice Chebet; Men’s 10,000m: Kibiwott Kandie, Edward Zakayo, Daniel Simiu: Women’s 10,000m: Sheila Chepkirui, I rene Cheptai: Men’s 10km walk: Samuel Gathimba; Women’s 10km walk: Emily Ngii; Men’s Marathon team: Philemon Kacheran, Erick Kiptanui, Jonathan Korir, Michael Githae (reserve); Women’s Marathon team: Margaret Wangari, Stella Barsosio, Maureen Chepkemoi, Purity Changwony (reserve); Javelin: Julius Yego.
World Championships Team: Men’s 100m: Ferdinand Omanyala; Men’s 400m: Emmanuel Korir, Men’s 400m H: Moitalel Mpoke; Women’s 400m H1. Mary Moraa; Men’s 800m: Emmanuel Korir, Wycliffe Kinyamal, Emmanuel Wanyonyi, Cornelius Tuwei; Women’s 800m: Mary Moraa, Jarinter Mawia, Naomi Korir; Men’s 1500m: Timothy Cheruiyot, Abel Kipsang, Kumari Taki, Charles Simotwo; Women’s 1500m: Faith Kipyegon, Winnie Chebet, Ednah Jebitok, Judy Kiyeng; Men’s 3000m SC: Conseslus Kipruto, Abraham Kibiwott, Leonard Bett, Benjamin Kigen; Women’s 3000m SC: Beatrice Chepkoech, Jackline Chepkoech, Celliphine Chespol, Purity Kirui: Men’s 5000m: Nicholas Kimeli, Jacob Krop, Daniel Simiu: Women’s 5000m: Beatrice Chebet, Margaret Chelimo, Gloria Kite, Hellen Obiri: Men’s 10,000m: Stanley Mburu, Daniel Mateiko, Rodgers Kwemoi: Women’s 10,000m: Hellen Obiri, Sheila Chepkirui, Margaret Chelimo; Men’s 20km walk: Samuel Gathimba; Women’s 20km walk: Emily Ngii; Men’s Marathon team: Barnaba Kiptum, Geoffrey Kamworor, Lawrence Cherono; Women’s Marathon team: Ruth Chepng’etich, Peres Jepchirchir, Angela Tanui, Judith Jeptum.