News : Barrage of Olympic lows in a first-rate 10,000 in Stockholm
Spectacular the meeting that took place this Tuesday, May 4, in Stockholm with the presence of world-class long distance runners. A good ‘army’ of Kenyans has traveled to the Swedish capital to try to achieve some Olympic minimums that they will then have to endorse in the Olympic ‘trials’ that will be held in a few weeks in the African country.
11 women with minimum
Starting with the female race, hup to 11 women have managed to lower the record required by the World Athletics of 31:25:00 on the Swedish track. The ‘problem’ (for them) is that nine of them are Kenyan and only three will be able to represent their country at the Tokyo Games. The fight will be very hard in the aforementioned ‘trials’. The winner was Sheila Chepkirui with a time of 30:45:81 ahead of her compatriot Joan Chelimo (30:46:51) and Eva Cherono (30:49:23). The first six places have been taken by athletes from Kenya. The first non-Kenyan was Meraf Bahta, who made a minimum with 31:08:05, the Swedish National Record. Another Swede, Sarah Lahti, also made a minimum with 31:11:12.
Award for Kimeli and Kiplimo
As for the male test, there have been only two minimums. One has been for the Belgian Isaac Kimeli, winner with 27:22:70; the other for the Kenyan Philemon Kiplimo (27:25:08). The third, Weldon Kipkurui, was five hundredths (27:28:05).
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