The process for Kenya’s participation in the Rio Olympic Games has kicked off with Athletics Kenya naming a provisional marathon squad to the prestigious championships.
And as it was in the public realm, London marathon glitzy tributes Eliud Kipchoge and Jemimah Sumgong have been recalled to the team as the cut-down to the August 12th to 21st Games begin in earnest. The two, who have depicted a sustainable marathon career performance over the last two years, had their premonition rewarded after expressing their strong desires to fly the national flag in the Brazilian capital.
Releasing the names of the 11-member team that included one coach and 10 athletes, the national federation put into account performances in major city marathons where Kenyans have dominated during the last two competition seasons.
In the men 5-member squad, Kipchoge, now the 2nd fastest marathoner of all time after lowering his Personal Best time to 2:03.05 during London marathon last month, underline the list that also include runner-up Stanley Biwott, with his boisterous 2:03.51.
Kenya’s Olympic history is also set for a transformation when for the first time, the country will be represented by a sitting Member of Parliament when Cheranganyi legislator Wesley Korir, the 2012 Boston marathon winner and 4th finisher this year, dorm the national jersey to compete for the country.
Paris marathon champion Cyprian Kotut and Tokyo marathon runner-up Bernard Kipyego have been named alongside Kipchoge, Biwott and Korir on the periphery where Richard Meto, Kipchoge’s current coach, was handed the task of overseeing the team training ahead of the Olympics.
In Women, Sumsong headlined the table that include Tokyo marathon winner Helah Kiprop and Paris Champion Visiline Jepkesho with New York star Mary Keitany and World half-marathon record holder Florence Kiplagat training for the call-up.
The team, which will be trimmed to six, will be expected to break Kenya’s gold medal drought when the Olympics Games take place in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, from August 12th to 21st where the country will be seeking for glory.
The team is required to report at Athletics Kenya headquarters at Riadha House on Monday 16th in the morning to get the logistics on their pre-Olympic training in Eldoret and Iten.
1. Eliud Kipchoge
2. Stanley Biwott
3. Wesley Korir
4. Cyprian Kotut (Reserve)
5. Bernard Kipyego (Reserve)
1. Helah Kiprop
2. Jemimah Sumgong
3. Visiline Jepkesho
4. Mary Keitany (Reserve)
5. Florence Kiplagat (Reserve)
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