NAIROBI， June 24 (Xinhua) -- New York marathon champion Mary Keitany of Kenya has not given up hope on making the Kenya Olympic marathon team despite being named on the reserve bench.
This is what will inspire her as she lines up to defend her Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon in Czech Republic on Saturday.
Keitany hasn' t raced since falling in the London Marathon and even though she was only named as a reserve after finishing ninth in London， she hasn' t ruled out being called up to the main team.
"I think that the real selection will be made the first of July. We are still finding the team. The coaches have not made up their final decision on who will compete in Rio Olympics and I am hopeful， that can change anytime，" she added.
The 34-year-old Keitany will return to the scene of her 1:06:38 course record in Prague while fellow Kenyan Stanley Biwott faces a stiff challenge in his tune up for the Olympic marathon. The race will be on Saturday.
"I want to try and run fast but I don't know if the weather conditions will allow me to challenge the course record. I think I'm fit， (but) first of all we must talk about the weather. The weather in Czech Republic is terrible， very hot，" she said.
But Keitany' s road to a repeat victory will not be easy as some best athletes in the history of the race will compete for the title.
Leading that group of women will be 25-year-old Kenyan Violah Jepchumba， who in April stunned the road racing world with her victory at the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon in 1:05:51， moving her to third on the world all-time list. Only Florence Kiplagat (1:05:09) and Keitany (1:05:50) have ever run faster.
Since then， Jepchumba has gone on to record victories in Istanbul and Gothenburg with times of 1:08:18 and 1:08:01 respectively， meaning she heads to Olomouc with a string of five wins at the half-marathon distance.
Ethiopia' s Worknesh Degefa， who finished second to Jepchumba in Prague in a personal-best time of 1:06:14， and Kenya' s 2014 Prague Half Marathon winner Joyce Chepkirui， who has a 1:06:18 personal best time， are equally capable of challenging for the top spot on the podium.
Also running among the elite women will be Eva Vrabcova， a winter Olympian in cross-country skiing. Vrabcova qualified for the Czech Olympic team for Rio when she finished sixth at the Volkswagen Prague Marathon in 2:30:10.
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The disturbance occurred late Wednesday when dozens of young men among the pilgrims attacked and set fire to the building of the investment department of the Sunni Endowment office, in Baghdad's northern district of Adhamiyah, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The office is responsible for running Sunni mosques across Iraq.
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Crowds also set fire to some houses and many cars nearby before security forces intervened and arrested several suspected rioters, the source said, adding that 15 people wounded in the chaos.
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Only pedestrians were allowed but not before crossing several rings of security checkpoints.
The office of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who visited Adhamiyah and Kadhmiyah Thursday morning in the wake of the rioting, attributed the overnight chaos to "some infiltrators among the pilgrims" who were agitated by a rumor that terrorists wearing explosive belts attempted to attack the pilgrims.
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A glitch occurred to the T373 passenger train at around 4:50 p.m. Monday when running between Lanzhou, capital of Gansu Province, and Xining, capital of Qinghai Province michael kors weston medium satchel black , according to the Qinghai-Tibet Railway Company.
The malfunction was caused by debris on the track following the collapse of an irrigation canal. The local government previously said that the train had been derailed. There were no casualties.
The train got moving again at 7 p.m. when a replacement locomotive arrived.
HOUSTON, June 24 (Xinhua) -- Governor Bobby Jindal of U.S. state of Louisiana announced on Wednesday his bid for the 2016 U.S. presidential race, joining an already crowded Republican Party (GOP) nomination, which has already included 12 other Republican candidates.
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