Athletics Briefs: Kipchoge to replace Soi in Delhi squad, Kenyans headlines Eindhoven Marathon and more...

AMSTERDAM (NED): Tariku Bekele has been announced as one of the favorites for the Dam tot Damloop in Amsterdam on September 19th. Bekele will replace Sileshi Sihine, who had to withdraw from the race.
Previously announced were Moses Masai and Dutch top athletes Koen Raymaekers, Rens Dekkers and Patrick Stitzinger. In the women’s race Lornah Kiplagat and Hilda Kibet will toe the starting line.

ABUJA (NIG): Former world junior champion and Nigerian relay member Uchena Emedolu has been banned by the Nigerian national sports commission. Emedolu allegedly dropped the baton on purpose at the 2008 African championships.

“One cannot understand why Uchenna Emedolu decided to frustrate his teammates at the championships. The dropping of the baton was not just once” Director General Patrick Ekeji was quoted in Vanguard Nigeria newspaper.

NAIROBI (KEN): Eliud Kipchoge has been called up to replace Edwin Soi in the 5000m at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in India. African champion Soi has pulled out citing fatigue after competing in both the African championships and the Continental Cup in Split.

60 Kenyan athletes have moved into a training camp near Nairobi on Monday in preparation of the Games, in addition Kenya is entering relay teams for such a global event for the first time since Barcelona 1992 writes The Daily Nation.

EINDHOVEN (NED): Eight Kenyans with sub 2:08 bests will headline the men´s field for Eindhoven Marathon on October 10. The fastest is Paul Biwott with 2:07:02 in Amsterdam 2009, but the fastest this year is Alfred Kering who posted 2:07:11 as second in Paris in spring.

Great history is behind the name of Patrick Ivuti who won in past Chicago and Prague marathons. Other names Isaac Macharia, Charles Kamathi (former track world champion), Felix Keny, Nicolas Chelimo and Stephen Kibiwott. Women also will have fast runners in the start list. Ethiopian Atsede Habtamu won last year Berlin in 2:24:47, Anne Kosgei is last year Venice winner (2:27:46).

PRETORIA (RSA): At altitude national CC champions were Steven Mokoka winning the 12 km in 37:32, Juan Van Deventer the 4 km (12:04) on the men side. Malawi´s Mirriam Thole was the best in the women 8 km (29:05) but the title went to Lebo Phalula as second (29:39). The 4 km women winner was Mapaseka Makhanya (14:56).

Courtesy of Alfonz Juck/EME News

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