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Director of sport atletiekliga about non-selection Kimeli for EK: “Form is simply not there”

Max De Vylder, technical director, sport of the Flemish Atletiekliga, Tuesday a word of explanation given in the selection for the european cross country running on Monday announced it was. He defends non-selection of European beloftekampioen Isaac Kimeli, who Monday very disappointed responded.

“We need to make an estimate of who is eligible for top twenty, and that is in the field not as easy as on the slopes,” says The Vylder from the shore. “I think that especially the results in Roeselare was surprising, and not so much our selection. It is with pain in our hearts that we Kimeli should be left at home, but his form is simply not there. For Lander Tijtgat is that he still just within an acceptable margin of Soufiane Bouchikhi finished.”

There were no opportunities in the nation leaderboards, that on the basis of three athletes will be prepared, with Kimeli? “The team classification is now based on three instead of four athletes is formatted, it will only make it more difficult to rank high. Someone who is a medal picks will be of decisive importance, and it seems to me Bouchikhi ready for top eight, but the stage is very high-handed.”

Only in the juniors and promises guys for a full squad chosen. “Because we are right there with strong, homogeneous groups. In the women, we will miss Louise Carton very much. In the juniors, and promises girls, there is insufficient quality.”

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