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Kenyan athletes Rudisha, Kiprop opt out of Commonwealth Games

AFP  |  Nairobi 

Kenya's 800 metres Olympic champion and world record holder David and two-time Olympic 1500m champion will not seek selection for this year's Commonwealth Games, team officials said.

A total of 170 athletes have been invited for the one-day Kenyan trials in on Saturday, during which the first three runners across the line will earn automatic qualification for the April 4-15 championships on Australia's Gold Coast.

But with coming at an unusual time in the track season, before the summer, athletes have been forced to chose between the event or continuing their preparations for the outdoor track season.

Kenyan team officials said both and Kiprop have opted to focus on the season of lucrative meetings which starts in in May.

Others notable absentees include the world 10,000m silver medallist Geoffrey Kamworor, who is preparing to defend his world half marathon title in on March 24, while the women's Olympic and world 1500m champion is expecting her first baby.

The women's world half marathon defending champion, Peres Jepchirchir is also on maternity leave, but former women's 800m champion will make her return after the birth of her first child.

topped the medal table in at the 2014 in with ten gold medals, ten silver and five bronze.

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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 10:20 IST