NAIROBI Joe Carter Jersey , July 18 (Xinhua) -- Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto may miss the World Championships in London next month after he aggravated his ankle injury.
Kipruto, who is facing a reality test against his mentor and challenger Ezekiel Kemboi, failed to finish the Rabat race citing an ankle injury and is out to seek rehabilitation and doctor's approval before he resumes competition. However, time is not on his side with the World Championships just two weeks away.
"I still have a lot of trouble with my right ankle. I decided to race in Rabat to gauge how it will react. I was hoping the pain would stay away. But it was wise to leave the race and try to get healthy," he said.
Kipruto was also forced to pull out of the Ostrava Golden Spike meeting in June because of the injury and his failure to finish the race in Morocco is clear indication he will be sweating on the doctor's bench ahead of the World Championships.
Meanwhile, organisers of the Monaco Diamond League meeting have confirmed that former Olympic champion Brimin Kipruto will be leading the elite list of athletes for the event on Friday (July 21).
Kipruto holds the fastest time, which dates back in 2011, where he completed the race in 7:54.64, only one hundredth of a second off from the world record. Also racing will be the World Champion Ezekiel Kemboi (Kenya) and the French Bouabdellah Tahri.
Kemboi who will be bowing out for retirement at the World Championships in London wants to leave a mark after he was denied his bronze medal at the Rio Olympics.
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Mask Series No.6 by Zeng Fanzhi Photo: Courtesy of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art
When talking about contemporary Chinese art, Zeng Fanzhi is a name difficult to avoid. Well-known in China and abroad, the artist's fame reached a new peak when his artwork The Last Supper, a piece inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci's work of the same name that takes aim at China's reform and opening-up, sold for $23.3 million at a Sotheby's auction in 2013.
This sale made him the "most expensive" Asian artist in the world.
After exhibiting worldwide, Zeng has returned to Beijing to hold his largest and most comprehensive exhibition ever: Zeng Fanzhi: Parcours. Held at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), the ongoing exhibition runs from September 19 to November 19.
"This is my most comprehensive exhibition. It includes artworks from nearly all of my different periods," Zeng said on Sunday during an interview at a press conference for the exhibition.
At the press conference, UCCA curator Philip Tinari said the center spent almost two years preparing for the exhibition, which boasts more than 60 works from more than 50 collectors from eight countries and regions. The works cover nearly three decades of the artist's career, with the earliest work dating back to 1990 and the newest finished just this spring.
"The first artwork (in the exhibition) is called Parcours (trail). We believe this name really fits, because this exhibition is the trail of a great artist," Tinari said, explaining where they came up with the name for the exhibition.
Born in 1964 and growing up during the Cultural Revolution (1966-76) in Wuhan, Hubei Province, Zeng's personal growth followed hand in hand with the development of China's contemporary art, as well as society as a whole.
He was greatly influenced by Expressionism, especially German Expressionist painters while attending art school in the 1980s.
He gained recognition for his Mask series soon after he moved to Beijing. The atmosphere of alienation that the series gives off was inspired by his personal experiences in the city. At the time, he had to live a hidden life in the capital as he lacked the hukou (resident permit) required by the city.
That series also set auction records in 2008, when Mask Series No.6 sold for more than $9.7 million at the Asian Contemporary Art Evening sale held by Christie's Hong Kong.
Although the sale brought with it criticism about the true value of his work, this didn't stop Zeng from becoming one of the most influential Chinese artists in the world.
In addition to his Mask series, other representative works at the exhibition include his Meat series, Hospital and The Land is So Rich in Beauty.
"Fortunately, I encountered painting in my youth and chose to embark on this creative path that has stretched now for nearly 30 years. Along the way, I have discovered a place I call my own, where art serves as a guide through the long corridor of history, allowing one to traipse freely through time and space," Zeng said.
For the exhibition, UCCA brought in Japanese architect Tadao Ando, one of Zeng's long-time partners, to design the exhibition hall. Tadao compared the twists and turns of the wide exhibition hall he designed to Zeng's mind.
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