10,000m roster for Olympic qualifiers as Visas lock out others

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2024 11:11 | By
Tokyo Olympic Games 400m silver medalist Dalilah Muhammad
Tokyo Olympic Games 400m silver medalist Dalilah Muhammad. PHOTO/Jay Bendlin (@jaybendlinphoto)/X

World 10,000 silver medalist Daniel Ebenyo Simiyu may miss out on Olympic Qualification after a Visa denial ahead of the Prefontaine Classic meet in Oregon.

Ebenyo headlines a probable 14-man Kenyan lineup in the 10,000m race which will also double as Athletics Kenya’s Olympic team selection for Paris this year.

Others who have not been granted Visas as per today are Selah Jepleting, world U20 champion Benson Kiplagat and world half marathon record holder Loice Chemnung who is in blistering form this year.

Daniel Ebenyo Simiyu (right) in the lead of 5000m men’s race during Kip Keino Classic last month. PD/DAVID NDOLO
Daniel Ebenyo Simiu (right) in the lead of 5000m men’s race during Kip Keino Classic. PHOTO/David Ndolo

The development bites into Athletics Kenya who will be looking to quickly solve the hitch after the move to have the 10k Olympic qualifiers held in Oregon attracted criticism from stakeholders.

World cross country and 5,000m champion Beatrice Chebet will headline a field of 13 Kenyans, coming up against competition from a strong Ethiopian team that includes world record holder Gudaf Tsegay and Bosena Mulatie. World 5,000m silver medalist Lilian Kasait and World half marathon silver and bronze medalists Magret Chelimo and Catherine Reline are named in the Kenyan team.

World silver medalist Samuel Waithaka, 2023 world cross-country gold medalist Nicholas Kimeli, Samuel Chebolei and former world half marathon record holder Kibiwott Kandie will form part of the men’s lineup.

These are the men's and women's lineups for the 10,000m Prefontaine Classic (subject to change);

10,000 men

Peter Mwaniki Aila (KEN) Daniel Simiu Ebenyo (KEN) Kibiwott Kandie (KEN) Nicholas Kipkorir (KEN)

Benson Kiplangat (KEN) Benard Koech (KEN) Francis Koumwa (KEN) Edwin Kurgat (KEN)

Ronald Kwemoi (KEN) Weldon Langat (KEN) Samuel Chebolei Masai (KEN) Daniel Mateiko (KEN)

Stanley Waithaka Mburu (KEN) Gideon Kipkertich Rono (KEN)

10, 000m women

Emmaculate Anyango Achol (KEN) Mekedes Alemeshete (ETH) Catherine Reline Amanang'Ole (KEN)

Saron Berhe (ETH) Selah Busienei (KEN) Beatrice Chebet (KEN) Miriam Chebet (KEN)

Sarah Chelangat (UGA) Jesca Chelangat (KEN) Loice Chemnung (KEN) Faith Chepkoech (KEN)

Diana Chepkorir (KEN) Cintia Chepngeno (KEN) Janeth Chepngetich (KEN) Daisy Jepkemei (KAZ)

Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi (KEN) Ednah Kurgat (USA) Bosena Mulatie (ETH)

Grace Loibach Nawowuna (KEN) Yenawa Nbret (ETH) Agnes Jebet Ngetich (KEN)

Lilian Kasait Rengeruk (KEN) Rachel Smith (USA) Gudaf Tsegay (ETH)

Mary Moraa in a past action. PHOTO/World Athletics
Mary Moraa in past action. PHOTO/World Athletics

Mary Moraa will be the only Kenyan name running the 800m in a field that features Authing Mu of USA and Ethiopian African Games 800m Gold medalist Tsige Duguma.

Only Teresia Muthoni Gateri is drafted in the women’s 5000m race with more changes expected to the lineup as Beatrice Chepkoech, Jackline Chepkoech and Faith Cherotich line up in the 3000m steeplechase.

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