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Wednesday, August 11, 1999

No changes expected in squad

By PETER NJENGA

There are no changes expected in Kenya's world championships team after the Kenya Amateur Athletic Association (KAAA) forwarded all the names of participants to the organisers yesterday.

Samson Kipchirchir, whose inclusion would have enabled Kenya enter a 4x400 relay team, could not be accredited after failing to beat the August 10 deadline, KAAA secretary David Okeyo said.

Coaches at the training camp in Kasarani had expressed their desire to have Kipchichir join the team for Kenya to enter the relays as he was likely to get a qualifying time in the on-going Military Games in Zagreb, Croatia.

Seven athletes, who are training at home, will leave on Tuesday next week for the world championships.

Tomorrow, they will be treated to a send off luncheon by KAAA's sponsors, Eveready Batteries, at the Grand Regency Hotel.

Japanese-based Esther Wanjiru, who is the Commonwealth Games champion, and Eric Wainaina, winner of the marathon bronze medal in Atlanta Olympics, will travel directly to Seville from their base.

They have been in touch with the KAAA and their local co-ordinator.

Vivian Cheruiyot, who is also the world junior cross-country champion, arrived from Keiyo on Tuesday.

Cheruiyot said she was happy to be re-united with Alice Timbilil, who is a village mate.

Timbilil hit the world championships qualifying mark twice at altitude and has been training in Iten under brother Colm O'Connell. She said the gold medal in the 10,000m was within her reach despite lack of international exposure. "I know I can do it," said Timbilil, 16. "Sally Barsosio did it in 1993."

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