Mo Farah's medal chances at the 2012 Olympic Games may have been inadvertently improved due to a selection decision from the sport's authorities in Kenya. Athletics Kenya is employing strict criteria for the their country's 10,000m selection trials for London 2012, which effectively rules out two of Farah's possible rivals for gold over the distance this summer.
The federation have insisted that only athletes who attend a mini-trial in Nairobi on Tuesday, April 17 will be eligible to race for one of 15 places available at the official trial at the Prefontaine Classic in Oregan, USA on June 2.
It means that the 2011 Kenyan 10,000m champion Peter Kirui, who is running the Rotterdam Marathon on Sunday, April 15 and Geoffrey Mutai, who is due to defend his Boston Marathon title on Monda, April 16 will be unable to attend the mini-trial and be ruled out of contention for the 10,000m.
Athletics Kenya chairman Isaiah Kiplagat is unequivocal in his stance. He said: "I want to tell all athletes and their agents that we will not add anybody in our list if they fail to turn up for the mini trial.
"Some agents have been asking us to allow their athletes to fly directly to Oregon but we insist that they must go through the national trials first. There will be no exemption. If you miss the April 17 event, then you are out and doomed."