Saturday, February 18, 2012

Could the Kenyan Olympic Trials in the 10000 be held in Eugene?

Fellow blogger Jim McDannald of Track Focus broke the story Friday about the possibility that the Kenyan Olympic Trials races in the men's and women's 10000 meters (photo of Priscah Cherono, Linet Masai & Sally Kipyego at 2011 world championships in Daegu by Paul Merca) could be held in conjunction with the Nike Prefontaine Classic, scheduled for June 2nd at Hayward Field in Eugene.

This came up in a series of tweets posted Friday by Michel Boeting of @one4onesports and Ian Chaney (@chasechaney) who wrote:

So its decided that the 5.000m and 10.000m trials for #Kenyan Olympic team will be held in#Eugene early June; Men and women.@London2012 (Boeting)

and…Kenya's olympic trials for 5000m and 10,000m will be held at the Eugene meeting in June #IAAF (Chaney)

Curtis Anderson of the Eugene Register-Guard followed it up with a post on his paper's web site along with a quote from Pre Classic meet director Tom Jordan stating that it looks "promising" that it will happen.

My guess is that the Kenyan 10k trials will happen on Friday night the 1st.

Both the Register-Guard and Track Focus are awaiting word on whether the 5000 trials will be held there as well.

This begs the question of why Athletics Kenya would want the meet in Eugene?

It boils down to several factors, according to McDannald:

Lack of altitude, timing, weather conditions, and the almighty Swoosh.

You can read McDannald's post here, and you can read Anderson's post here.

Another question worth asking is which athletes will be selected by Athletics Kenya to RUN in the trials?  Do they have objective standards, and if so, what are they?  We assume that AK/Nike will pay to house and transport them to Eugene?

Only thing we can tell you…stay tuned!

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