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Rhonex Kipruto has been named as the substitute for the injured Geoffrey Kamworor on Team Kenya in the 10,000m event.

Interestingly Kipruto, who owns a best of 26:50.16 from 2019, when he was just 20-years-of-age, dropped out of the Kenyan trials with just five laps to go. Who knows how his fitness has changed since the trials, but Athletics Kenya hurriedly filed the paperwork with World Athletics who have approved the substitution.

Kamworor owns a best of 26:52.65 from 2015, however, his half-marathon – a former world record – at 58:01 is a performance above both his own 10,000m and Kipruto’s. He was a medal favourite going in but injured his ankle in training.

Barnaba Korir, Athletics Kenya’s Team Manager also had to clear the decision through the Athletics Integrity Unit.

“The decision was arrived at after AK sought clearance from the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) on his anti-doping testing status, which I am pleased to say he has been given the green light,” Korir wrote on social media.