A Semenya-less 800 will see Francine Niyonsaba take on Ajee Wilson and Lynsey Sharp. Jairus Birech vs Conseslus Kipruto in the steeple, Vivian Cheruiyot and Mercy Cherono in the 5K. Non-distance action includes Ameer Webb taking on Trayvon Bromell and Andre De Grasse in the 200, Kirani James (400) and Greg Rutherford (LJ).
Ayana's challengers include silver medalist Senbere Teferi and Mercy Cherono. Jairus Birech will face Paul Kipsiele Koech, Conseslus Kipruto and Mahiedine Mekhissi in the steeple while the women's 800 has World indoor champ Francine Niyonsaba and Eunice Sum.
Top non-distance stars like Julius Yego (jav) and Nicholas Bett (400H) will also compete.
Ayeko won over former World XC 5th placer Timothy Toroiich. Vincent Rono and Damaris Areba won an AK Series meet in Kenya as track studs Isiah Koech and Paul Kipsiele Koech were 8th and 14th while Paul Tanui dropped out.
Merga just beat out Yasin Haji as they had identical times with steepler Jarius Birech and 5000 Olympic bronze medalist Thomas Longosiwa 3rd and 4th. Aprot beat out Asian steeple record holder Ruth Jebet by 4-seconds as Linet Masai and Mercy Cherono were 3-4.
Mercy Cherono won the 2-mile in 9:48 while Allyson Felix lost to Candyce McGrone in the 150m by .04-seconds.
She ran 10.98 into a head-wind as Sheila Reid had a great performance to win the 1500 in 4:06.97 with Mercy Cherono 3rd (4:07.40). Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba took almost six seconds off her
PB SB to win the 800 in 1:59.62, beating Canada's Fiona Benson as Burundi's Antoine Gakeme won the men's race in 1:46.33 (world 1500 bronze medalist Abdalaati Iguider was 3rd - 1:46.67; Robby Andrews 7th). Italian record-holder Gianmarco Tamberi won the HJ in 2.30m. *Full Results
She'll face Almaz Ayana, Jenny Simpson, Vivian Cheruiyot and Mercy Cherono.
Asbel Kiprop, Silas Kiplagat and Ronald Kwemoi lead 1500 field as Faith Kipyegon and Mercy Cherono (who is also in the 5000) lead the women's.
Kipsang ran 28:26.2 at altitude to beat Mutai's 29:06.1 and Kisorio's 29:06.2. World 5,000m silver medalist Mercy Cherono won her 1500 heat in 4:21.
We're not sure if we'd use the words "kicked out" like the paper but they won't be going as they didn't attend the first Trials. A stupid decision by Kenya who should just hand the 4 x 800 gold to USA now.
Men's field has World XC champion Japhet Korir, WJ XC champ Geoffrey Kipsang, doper Matthew Kisorio, Augustine Choge, former world champ Joseph Ebuya, 38-year-old Mark Kiptoo and defending national champ Bedan Karoki. The women's field includes two-time world champ Emily Chebet, WJ champ Faith Kipyegon, world medalists Vivian Cheruiyot, Mercy Cherono and Gladys Cherono.
Such is the depth of competition in Kenya that they failed to qualify from their regional meets.
In hot conditions Chebet dropped out and Korir finished outside the top-20 (top 6 qualify for Kenyan XC Champs). Sheila Chepngetich won the women's race over former Boston winner Caroline Kilel and WJ XC champ Faith Kipyegon with Mercy Cherono only 7th. William Sitonik won the men's race as Isiah Koech and Edwin Soi were 6th and 8th. Big names like Chebet and Korir could still be selected as a wildcard spot.
*Bedan Karoki And Ann Wanjiru Win Kenyan Central Region Championships
*Moses Mukono And Lucy Murigi (Wambui) Win Nairobi XC Champs
*More Kenyan Regional XC Recaps Gladys Chesir and Wycliffe Biwott win Elgeyo Marakwet XC Champs.
Medhin beat out Turkey's Euro XC champ Polat Arikan by 2-seconds with Uganda's WJ 10K champ Joshua Cheptegei a close 3rd. 2014 top steepler Jairus Birech and World 10,000 bronze medalist Paul Tanui were 5-6. In the women's race Bahrain's Ethiopian-born Mimi Belete got a surprising win over 2-time World XC champ Emily Chebet and World 5,000 silver medalist Mercy Cherono.
Mercy Cherono was also supposed to race, but wasn't mentioned in the article.
Medhin beat a deep field that included top 2014 steepler Jairus Birech (2nd), World and 10,000 bronze medalist Paul Tanui (4th). Chebet beat Mercy Cherono, who was leading, but fell behind after a fall.