Timothy Cheruiyot, the 1500m world champion, was referred to as up Wednesday to affix the Kenyan Olympic group as 4 different athletes had been dropped eight days earlier than the Games, group officers stated.
Cheruiyot completed fourth in trials in June after aggravating a hamstring harm and struggling a household bereavement and was omitted of Team Kenya altogether.
But the 25-year-old center distance runner gained within the Stockholm and Monaco Diamond League conferences this month to stake a declare for a group spot.
“I am thrilled to be part of the Kenyan Olympic team. I am in better shape than I was during the trials and I promise to deliver a medal for Kenya in Tokyo,” Cheruiyot, a favorite for gold, instructed AFP.
Kenya final gained an Olympic 1500m gold on the 2008 Olympics in Beijing when Asbel Kiprop was awarded the medal after Bahrain’s Rashid Ramzi was disqualified for doping.
Cheruiyot replaces the unheralded teenager Kamar Etiang, who completed second on the trials however was dropped for not complying with Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) doping measures requiring three out-of-competition exams within the final 10 months, Kenyan athletics officers stated.
Other athletes who’ve been dropped are racewalkers Samuel Gathimba and Emily Ngii and 400m hurdler Moitalel Mpoke.
Kenya will ship 40 athletes, primarily runners, to the July 23 to August 8 Olympics.