I just got off the phone with Andy Arnold - our man our man on the ground in Kenya - who has been attending the Kenyan Trials the last two days.
Here are 5 takeaways I got from talking to him. He's likely to send me a more formal recap (that we may put in an article or maybe we'll have him just post on the forum as we are so busy with the US Trials)
1) Hand the gold medal to Ezekiel Kemboi. He said that Kemboi looked amazing, was mocking the other runners, waving to the crowd and will win gold. Kemboi was actually third in the race behind the two Kipruto's but that was just a technicality he said. It's worth noting that Jairus Birech was not top three.
2) The men's 10k was wild and crazy as Karoki and Kamworor both dropped out. He said Karoki was leading at 3200 and just stepped off. Then Kamworor was at the front and stepped off at 8k. He said it was very hot as the sun was shining (he estimated around 75 degrees with full sun). He said Kamworor went to the hospital and was given an IV. He said that Canova told him Kamworor was 100% getting a wildcard to Rio. Arnold spoke with Karoki who also thought he'd get a wild card. Karoki said he'd been dealing with some injury issues. Canova told Arnold that a 2nd wildcard would be unprecedented.
3) He said the men's 800 was stunning as David Rudisha barely got third and the winner was unreal. Rudisha won the semis in 143 but the final was tactical. He said Rudisha was in the front for 300 and then he went into the pack. He claimed the first 400 was 52 and then Alfred Kipketer just took off and ran a 50 on the 2nd lap for a 143 win. He told me it was 52-50 which I've never heard of for an 800.The official winning time was 1:43.73. Maybe Arnold's splits are off a little (or it could have been like 52.8, 50.9) but it was impressive nonetheless. Ferguson Rotich ran 1:44.05 with Rudisha rallying from 5th in the final 100 to 3rd in 1:44.23 (although he would have gotten a wildcard if he hadn't made it).
4) In terms of the rest of the meet, the studs delivered. KIprop won the 1500 with Manangoi 2nd and Ronald Kwemoi 3rd (looks like Silas Kiplagat it out). In the women's 1500, Faith Kipyegon destroyed everyone. In the women's 800, he said he's been watching Eunice Sum workout lately and she's in awesome shape but she was no match for Magaret Wambui whom he said ran like Semenya - in the pack for a slow first lap (60?) before crushing everyone in 158. He said Vivian Cheruiyot looked amazing and that the Jerry Schumacher coached Betsy Saina grabbed the 2nd spot in the 10k (with African champ Alice Nawowuna given a wildcard). He personally enjoyed that race a great deal as he used Saina's phone to give Jerry live splits during the race.
5) He said the atmosphere was great and the stadium was totally packed today as the President showed up.