KENYA ODDS-ON TO TAKE GOLD
WORLD and Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto will be the favourite to maintain Kenya’s stranglehold on this title, having won them all since 1990 and conceded only two medals in that period. Aside from a DNF, he is unbeaten since July 2016 and has won medals at the last four global championships.
Their other two athletes, Abraham Kibiwott and Amos Kirui, were first and second respectively at the trial.
Kibiwott, the 2015 African junior champion, ran his PB of 8:09.25 two years ago. Kirui, the 2016 world junior champion, has run 8:08.37.
Canada’s Matt Hughes was fourth in 2014 and is the best bet to prevent a Kenyan clean sweep, although he would have to be in his Canadian record 8:11.64 shape of 2013 to do so. Uganda’s Albert Chemutai, who has run 8:23.18, could also be in the mix.
Australia’s James Nipperess, who was ninth in 2014, has a PB of 8:32.59.
Welsh duo Ieuan Thomas and Jonathan Hopkins and Northern Ireland’s Adam KirkSmith fly the flag for the home nations.
Conseslus Kipruto: plans
to lead clean sweep