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World champ Kiprop to prepare Diamond League in Rome, not to follow recall

By Kimathi Kamau

NAIROBI, June 4 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's world champion, Asbel Kiprop said Wednesday he will stay in Rome to prepare the Rome Golden Gala-the fourth 2014 IAAF Diamond League meeting and will not follow the country's recall.

Athletics Kenya (AK) president, Isaiah Kiplagat, on Tuesday recalled all Kenyan stars taking part in Rome to prepare Saturday's trials for the Commonwealth Games and Africa Athletics Championships.

But speaking to local station, Capital Sport, from Italy, Kiprop said he would compete in the Rome Golden Gala.

"Speaking for myself, I don't see why they did not push the trials forward by a week as is the norm after the national championships and invite us to the trials to give us time to be ready," Kiprop said.

"I'm in Rome now and preparing to run on Thursday and I will be back for the final day (Saturday) and will compete if I'm invited," Kiprop, who anchored the Kenyan quartet to the world record of 14:22.22 in the men 4x1500m race in Bahamas before finishing seventh at the Pre Fontaine Classic last Saturday added.

The two-time world champion and 2008 Olympic champion expressed his disappointment at the perceived turn-around from the AK boss.

Other top Kenyan runners in the provisional Rome Gala include fellow Moscow Worlds champions, Ezekiel Kemboi (men's 3000m steeplechase), Eunice Sum (women's 800m), Commonwealth Games titleholder, Silas Kiplagat (men's 1500m) and Worlds silver winner, Mercy Cherono (women's 5000m).

Former Olympics and World champion, Brimin Kipruto (men's 3000m steeplechase), 2007 world champion, Janeth Jepkosgei (women's 800m) and circuit speedster, Paul Kipsiele Koech (men's 3000m steeplechase) are other prominent runners in Rome.

According to Kiplagat, the athletics body recalled players to protect them from burning out as they have been entered in numerous races, who also said players will lose chance to run for the selection competition if they don't come back by Friday.

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