NAIROBI: World marathon record holder Patrick Makau and former London and Boston champions Emmanuel Mutai and Geoffrey Mutai were left out of the Kenya squad named on Wednesday for this summer’s London Olympics.
The Kenyan selectors said they were forced to name the team earlier than expected to end all the speculation regarding which of the athletes in the shortlisted Olympic squad announced in January could make the team. Athletics Kenya chairman Isaiah Kiplagat said Makau, who dropped out at halfway of the London marathon last Sunday and the two Mutais would only be considered as reserves if any of the selected athletes drop out due to injury. The men’s squad includes Wilson Kipsang who is also the second fastest runner in world and Abel Kirui, who finished sixth in the London marathon on Sunday. There were no surprises in the women’s squad headed by two-time London marathon winner Mary Keitany, alongside Edna Kiplagat and Priscah Jeptoo, who finished in that order during the women’s race in the British capital last Sunday.
The squad is:
Men: Wilson Kipsang, Abel Kirui, Moses Mosop
Women: Mary Keitany, Edna Kiplagat, Priscah Jeptoo.