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Back in camp

Michael Saruni is back in Team Kenya Camp ahead of IAAF World Championships in London next month after three days in the cold following his recent axing.

Saruni, who is a student at University of Texas at El Paso, said he was called back by some team officials after being dropped on Thursday last week and he is not even sure what event he will feature in.

“No one has briefed me what distance I will be running in London. I am just training and I will run in whichever race I will be fielded,” he added. Saruni, however, noted that he is keen on the 800m because this is where he has qualified. “It doesn’t really quite make sense for me to run in 400m yet I have not qualified in the one-lap race,” he added.

He said he is open to any decision that will be taken by the technical team. “If they still want me out, I will respect and go back to concentrate on my studies,” he added.

Meanwhile, after upgrading from 400m to 800m in 2015, Emily Cherotich is already reaping the benefits of her decision following her inclusion in national team to the London show.

Cherotich will be making her debut at the global championship and believes she made the right decision. She will partner Olympics bronze medalist Margaret Nyairera and former world champion Eunice Sum in the hunt for honours in the two-lap race.

Speaking after a morning training session at the Moi Stadium, Kasarani yesterday, the mother of one revealed her struggles to make it to World championships during her days as a 400m runner.

“Between 2013 and 2014, I religiously gave my all in the 400m races but still missed on the World Championships (Moscow 2013) and Commonwealth Games (Glasgow 2014). I was advised by my training partners to switch to 800m race and I am happy I followed their counsel,” said Cherotich.

“Looking back now, I don’t regret it. I made the move in 2015 and it paid off immediately as I featured in the African Athletics Championship in Durban, South Africa where I won a bronze medal. That is how it occurred to me I can achieve a lot in the 800m.”

Cherotich, a policewoman, noted that her participation in National Police Championships where she posted sub-2.00 minutes in May laid the ground for her invitation to the national trials where she finished third to book the automatic ticket to the London bonanza.

“Training is going on well and I am glad I don’t have any injury. When I arrived here at Kasarani, the weather was a bit harsh on me but so far I have acclimatised,” said the Kericho-based runner. “I am doing well as far as speed and endurance is concerned.”

Cherotich said Sum and Nyairera have the experience that will be crucial should the trio make it to the finals but insisted her goal will be to improve on her time while in London.

“For the heats it will be God for us all but everyone for herself since everybody will be placed in a different heat. I know I will run my heat on August 10. Once everyone qualifies, then maybe we can draft a formula on how to approach the final,” she added.

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