Kenyan marathon stars withdraw coming from London worlds

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Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge has withdrawn coming from World Athletics Championships in London © AFP/File / OLIVIER MORIN

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 23 – Kenyan athletics selectors have been forced into wholesale alterations to the marathon team for the August 4-13 World Athletics Championships in London following the withdraw of four top runners including Olympic men’s champion .

Kipchoge, who narrowly missed out on becoming the first athlete to run a sub-two hour marathon last month, said he needed to rest after the gruelling record attempt in Monza, Italy.

He is usually joined on the withdrawal list by former world record holder Wilson Kipsang, who failed to win nomination for a parliamentary seat last month in addition to is usually believed to be eyeing a shot at the Berlin marathon title in September.

some other athletes who have backed out for consideration include three-time London marathon women’s winner Mary Keitany in addition to former world half-marathon record holder Florence Kiplagat.

In their absence, the selectors have named two-time women’s world champion Edna Kiplagat in addition to Daniel Wanjiru, the reigning London marathon men’s champion, to spearhead the nine-member team which is usually anticipated to start preparations for the worlds in early June.

The husband-in addition to-wife duo of Paul Lonyangata in addition to Purity Rionoripo, who won the men in addition to women’s titles at the Paris marathon in April, have been named as reserves.

Kenya marathon team for London world championships

Men

Geoffrey Kirui, Daniel Wanjiru, Gedion Kipketer; Paul Lonyangata (reserve)

Women

Edna Kiplagat, Helah Kiprop, Flomena Cheyech; Valentine Kipketer, Purity Rionoripo (reserves)

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