By Chris Musumba
Koech, who was fifth during the Kenya trials for the Olympic games, had returned to her base in Kericho for training in preparation for the Diamond League meetings, but will now have to change her course and navigate towards London for the Olympics, which starts on July 27.
Stephen Soi, the Team Kenya CEO and National Olympic Committee of Kenya (Nock) official said Chebet, who was second in the trials, was dropped because she did not have the ‘A’ qualifying standard for the Olympics.
International Association of Athletics Federations rules stipulate that a country can only enter an athlete with ‘B’ standard mark at the Olympics if they do not have anyone else in the discipline.
Speaking from Kericho, Koech who has run 1:59.68 confirmed having received the information from Nock and was preparing to travel to Nairobi to join her colleagues in training.
“I feel happy to have been named in the team. I had given up hope, but it was surprising to hear Nock officials calling me today (yesterday) to inform me to start training for the Olympics.
“The reality is that I never stopped training after the trials. I have been training everyday and hope it will be easier to team up with my colleagues when we meet,” said Koech.
The 20-year-old former World Youth champion, made her debut for Kenya in the senior ranks in Daegu in 2011, where she wound up sixth in the semi finals clocking a slow time of 2:01.48.
However, she set her personal best time in the two-lap race in Nairobi in the trials for the World Championships when she was third behind Jepkosgei and Eunice Sum clocking 1:59.68.