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By John Kwoba

NAIROBI, May 8 (Xinhua) -- Olympic marathon bronze medalist Wilson Kipsang and world marathon record holder Dennis Kimetto have ruled themselves out of contention for a slot in the Kenya team to the Rio Olympics games in August.

Poor form and injury has followed Kimetto, ever since he claimed the world record in Berlin in 2014 clocking a shin breaking 2:02.57 while Kipsang, believes he stands little chance to win the elusive gold medal, the only collection missing in his illustrious marathon career.

"I was in Beijing and it was hot and humid. I did not finish the race and I believe that similar conditions will be in Rio so it is important that somebody else gets that chance to compete in the race," said Kimetto in Nairobi on Sunday.

The two, who share a manager Gerard van de Veen, will instead focus on other races in the September.

Their manager confirmed that the two runners were apprehensive about the anticipated hot and humid conditions on offer in Rio de Janeiro.

Kipsang and Kimetto both competed in similar conditions at the World Championships in Beijing last summer where they both failed to finish.

Their withdrawal, however, does not weaken the strength of the Kenyan team. With stars like London Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge and New York Marathon winner Stanley Biwott ready to fill up the void, the men' s marathon team will be strong in Rio.

Athletics Kenya (AK) President Jack Tuwei said they have already selected the team, but have given them up to Tuesday to confirm availability.

"The final team will be named on Tuesday," said Tuwei Sunday in Nairobi.

Alongside Kipchoge and Biwott, Kenya has also selected Wesley Korir, Dickson Chumba and Cyprian Kotut.

"There are no doubt about my intension. I planned to run Rio Olympics and every training I had been geared towards the same," said Kipchoge.

Kipchoge has won six out of the seven marathon races he has contested in. He also has two medals from the Olympics in 5,000m - a bronze (2004 in Athens) and Silver 2008 in Beijing. He missed the 2012 London Olympics due to poor form.

The initial women' s team includes London Marathon winner Jemima Sumgong, world half marathon record-holder Florence Kiplagat, New York Marathon winner Mary Keitany and Amsterdam Marathon winner Joyce Chepkirui.

Polish motorbike rider Michal Hernik Photo: CFP

Dakar Rally organizers on Wednesday hunted for clues to the cause of the death of motorbike rider Michal Hernik that plunged the race into mourning after only three days.

The 39-year-old Polish -rider's body was found 300 meters from the desert track with no apparent injury and no damage to his motorbike that would indicate an accident Aleksander Barkov Jersey , according to race director Etienne Lavigne.

Lavigne added that there was no helmet on Hernik when the body was found.

"The circumstances surrounding his death have yet to be determined, as the competitor did not show any external signs of an accident," said a rally statement.

Organizers sent a helicopter to look for Henrik after he failed to arrive at the finish line of Tuesday's stage between the Argentinian towns of Villa Carlos Paz and Chilecito. His satellite tracker had stopped sending signals.

The Pole was taking part in the Dakar Rally for the first time.

His was the fifth death since the rally was moved to South America in 2009 over security concerns in the Sahara region and the 24th since the race was created in 1979.

Orlando Terranova maintained the Mini team's winning streak by claiming his second stage win to move third overall in the auto standings led by teammate Nasser al-Attiyah.

Al-Attiyah, the 2011 champion, finished fifth in Tuesday's stage which included 284 kilometers of specials.

South Africa's Giniel de Villiers picked up his third podium finish in three days to stay second overall.

In the motorbike section, Austria's Matthias Walkner, was a surprise winner of his first Dakar stage, ahead of KTM teammate and reigning champion Marc Coma and overall race leader Joan Barreda Bort of Spain.


WINDHOEK, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Namibia has named a 26-man squad which will be trimmed down to 18 for the game against Niger on June 4 in Windhoek.

Coach Ricardo Mannetti had included four goalkeepers, Edward Maova, David Peterson, Max Mbaeva and Virgil Vries, but Mannetti said Friday that Maova is out of the camp.

""Maova fractured his toe at the training camp and will be out for two weeks. He is a promising goalkeeper and was surely going to keep the other guys on their toes,"" he said.

The Brave Warriors will take on Niger at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in their 2017 AFCON Qualifiers Group K encounter and Mannetti is already sweating over other injured players including Free State Stars striker, Hendrick Somaeb, while reliable defender Chris Katjiukua has been ruled out due to suspension.

Mannetti said Somaeb will have to be assessed by the Brave Warriors medical team on a recent injured he is nursing.

To add to the list, Mannetti said that already out of the squad are the University of Pretoria pair of Ketjijere and Mwedihanga, Amazulu's Petrus Shitembi and Peter Shalulile of Highland Park, while Thailand-based Lazarus Kaimbi and Sadney Urikhob have not been considered due to club football commitments.

Meanwhile, the 18-man squad will later be increased to 20 men for the Cosafa Cup quarterfinal match against Botswana pencilled to take place on June 18.


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