Rudisha and Kiprop will not participate in Commonwealth Games trials

Kenya’s 800 metres Olympic champion and World Record Holder David Rudisha and two-time Olympic 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop will not seek selection for this year’s Commonwealth Games.

The two have an eye on the diamond league set for may this year.

A total of 170 athletes have been invited for the one-day Kenyan trials in Nairobi on Saturday, during which the first three runners across the line will earn automatic qualification for the April 4-15 championships on Australia’s Gold Coast.

But with the Commonwealth Games coming at an unusual time in the track season, before the summer, athletes have been forced to choose between the event or continuing their preparations for the outdoor track season.

Kenyan team officials said both Rudisha and Kiprop have opted to focus on the season of lucrative Diamond League meetings which starts in Doha in May.

Others notable absentees include the world 10 000m silver medallist Geoffrey Kamworor, who is preparing to defend his world half marathon title in Valencia on March 24.

Kenya topped the medal table in athletics at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow with ten gold medals, ten silver and five bronze.