The 2019 World bronze medalist Rhonex Kipruto has officially replaced Geoffrey Kamworor in Kenya’s 10,000 metres team for the Tokyo Olympics Games, this is according to Athletics Kenya (AK).
This comes after Kamworor sustained an injury this week while he was training, an unfortunate event that ruled him out of the Olympics on the eve of the games’opening ceremony.
General Team Manager for the Tokyo Olympic Games Barnaba Korir says that Kipruto has already reported at Kasarani Stadium where the remaining part of Team Kenya are in residential training in a bubble camp.
“The decision was arrived at after AK sought clearance from Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) on his anti doping testing status, which I am pleased to say he has been given the green light,” Korir said via his official Facebook page.
Kipruto has commenced the mandatory COVID-19 testing protocols, and if he is succesful, he will depart for Tokyo on Monday, July 26 to link up with teammates Rodgers Kwemoi and Weldon Kipkirui.
In an interview with Nation, Kipruto wished Kamworor a quick recovery. “I’m really sorry for my good friend Kamworor and I want to wish him quick recovery so that he can continue with his career. On my part I’m delighted becaue I will be able to represent my country once again and we will work hard to win something good for our country.”
Kipruto is the current fastest man in 10km on the road with a time of 26.24, after breaking Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei’s time of 26:38 in Valencia, Spain in 2020.
The two athletes will renew their rivalry when they face each other in the 10,000m final on Friday, July 30.