Ferguson Rotich, Vivian Chebet put Olympics setback aside as they confirm next assignment

Ferguson Rotich, Vivian Chebet put Olympics setback aside as they confirm next assignment

Abigael Wafula 12:00 - 17.06.2024

Despite missing out on a ticket to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, Ferguson Rotich and Vivian Chebet have already confirmed their next assignment.

Ferguson Rotich and Vivian Chebet have put their Olympic setbacks behind them and are not resting on their laurels as they chase more glory at the Paavo Nurmi Games, a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting, in Turku on Tuesday, June 18.

Both athletes were looking to make the cut to the Olympic team but they could not make it following the strong fields that had been attracted. Rotich, the Olympic silver medallist finished fourth during the trials.

The men’s 800m will now be represented by Emmanuel Wanyonyi, Koitatoi Kidali and Wycliffe Kinyamal. Meanwhile, Chebet, competing in the women’s 800m, finished fifth in the race won by Lilian Odira.

Odira will be joined by the reigning world champion Mary Moraa and Sarah Moraa, who is yet to attain the time and she will be hoping to achieve that at the Africa Senior Athletics Championships.

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Rotich will be up against France’s Gabriel Tual who is just fresh from claiming top honours at the European Championships. World indoor silver medallist Andreas Kramer, and world bronze medallist Ben Pattison will also be in the mix.

The women’s event will also be competitive having attracted Australian duo Catriona Bisset and Claudia Hollingsworth and Slovakia’s European silver medallist Gabriela Gajanova going up against Chebet.

Meanwhile, others who will be in action will be two-time world silver medallist Shanieka Ricketts who will be up against European silver medallist Tugba Danismaz in the women’s triple jump. Estonia’s Rasmus Magi will also return to the scene of his 400m hurdles PB from two years ago, taking on Wilfried Happio and Turkey’s Berke Akcam.

Elsewhere, World and Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra will be up against Helander with two-time world champion Anderson Peters of Grenada, world leader Max Dehning of Germany, 2012 Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago, and world silver medallist Arshad Nadeem of Pakistan also in the mix.