Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Patrick Makau and Geoffrey Mutai omitted from Kenyan Olympic marathon squad

Athletics Kenya has announced their Olympic marathon squad with the omission of world record holder Patick Makau and Geoffrey Mutai who ran the fastest marathon ever in Boston last year.

The winners of the last Sunday at London Wilson Kipsang and Mary Keitany will lead the Kenyan marathon team to the upcoming summer Olympics also at London to compete the women's and men's events on 5 and 12 August respectively.

Wilson Kipsang ran his personal best of 2:03:42 in Frankfurt last year which made him the 2nd fastest marathon runner all time in the eyes of IAAF and the 4th fastest marathon runner in history (Boston included) while Mary Keitany became the 3rd fastest female marathon runner all time when she won the London race in 2:18:37, her 2nd time in a row.

Moses Mosop (world record holder in 25,000m and 30,000m), who finished 2nd behind Geoffrey Mutai in his debut in 2011 Boston in an astonishing time of 2:03:06 and subsequently won in Chicago in new course record  later, together with 2-time world champion Abel Kirui made up the men's team.

The other 2 slots in the women category went to World champion Edna Kiplagat and world silver medalist Priscah Jeptoo who finished behind Keitany in London last Sunday in PB times of 2:19:50 and 2:20:14 respectively.

The Kenyan Olympic marathon team: (with PB's)
Wilson Kipsang -  (2:03:42 Frankfurt 2011)
Moses Mosop -     (2:03:06 Boston 2011)
Abel Kirui ------   (2:05:04 Rotterdam 2009)
Mary Keitany --  (2:18:37 London 2012)
Edna Kiplagat -   (2:19:50 London 2012) 
Priscah Jeptoo - (2:20:14) London 2012)

The Olympic records:
Men ----- 2:06:32 - late Sammy Wanjiru (KEN) Beijing 2008
Women - 2:23:14 - Naoko Takahashi (JPN) Sydney 2000

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