World and Olympics 3,000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto starts favourite in Saturday’s Kip Keino Classic World Athletics Continental Tour in the absence of Moroccan Soufiane El Bakkali .
El Bakkali had earlier confirmed participation but meet director, Barnabas Korir confirmed that he will not make it for Saturday’s event. His absence no doubt makes it a Kenyan affair with Kipruto expected to mastermind a clean sweep for the star-studded Kenyan team, according to the start-list released yesterday.
The world champion will enjoy the company of reigning African champion Benjamin Kigen and former World U-18 champion Leonard Bett. Other Kenyans in the race include Davis Kiplangat, Emmanuel Kiprop, Amos Kirui, Lawrence Kipsang, Vincent Kipchumba, Wilberforce Kones and Geoffrey Kipkemboi.
Outside threat if any, will come from Ugandan Abel Sikowo, Ethiopian Abraham Seme and Kenyan-born Turkish Hilal Yego.