Kipchoge & Jepchirchir Lead the Pack for Kenya’s Olympic Marathon Squad

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Kipchoge, Jepchirchir spearhead Kenya Olympic marathon team

Olympic champions Eliud Kipchoge and Peres Jepchirchir are expected to defend their titles in Paris after being named to Kenya's star-studded marathon team for the Summer Olympics, reported Xinhua.

Athletics Kenya on Wednesday announced the final three to travel, as well as a reserve for each of the men's and women's teams.

As expected, Kipchoge, the Rio and Tokyo Olympics winner, returns to bid for an unprecedented third successive Olympic gold.

However, Kipchoge, widely considered the greatest marathoner of all time, has struggled to impress. Having entered the Tokyo Marathon in March as an overwhelming favorite, Kipchoge only finished 10th, his worst career finish in 2:06:50.

The Berlin Marathon titleholder has recovered from such setbacks before, following a sixth-place finish in the 2023 Boston Marathon with a victory in the German capital.

Meanwhile, Benson Kipruto, the Tokyo Marathon winner (2:02:16), has earned his place in the men's team.

Newly-minted London Marathon winner Alexander Mutiso Munyao makes Team Kenya for the first time following his 2:04:01 victory in the British capital.

Mutiso will be seeking to win his nation another medal after scooping bronze in the 3,000m at the World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine in 2013.

Timothy Kiplagat, who finished second in Tokyo in 2:02:55, has been placed as a reserve in the men's team.

Having announced her return to form with a victory in London, Jepchirchir is on the hunt for a second women's Olympic gold in Paris.

The 30-year-old underlined her credentials after scorching to 2:16:16 – the world record in a women-only marathon – in London in April.

Boston Marathon winner Hellen Obiri, who won the 5,000m silver in Rio, also made the women's team.

Former world record holder Brigid Kosgei is the third athlete in the women's team, with Sharon Lokedi placed on the reserves.

Source: www.dailyfinland.fi

7 Comments
  1. JennaSmith says

    It’s great to see Kipchoge and Jepchirchir leading the Kenyan marathon team! They truly represent the best of Kenya’s talent and determination on the global stage. I have no doubt they will continue to inspire us with their exceptional performances in Paris. Go #TeamKenya! 🇰🇪🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️

  2. EveJohnson says

    It’s thrilling to see Kipchoge and Jepchirchir leading the charge for Kenya’s Olympic marathon team! They are undoubtedly legends in the sport and have the potential to bring home more gold for their country. Best of luck to the entire team in Paris!

  3. AnnaSmith says

    Do you think Kipchoge will be able to bounce back and secure another gold medal after his recent struggles in the Tokyo Marathon?

    1. JohnMiller says

      Yes, I believe Kipchoge has the resilience and determination to overcome his setbacks and make a strong comeback for another shot at the gold medal in the upcoming Olympics.

  4. AshleyJohnson21 says

    Do you think Kipchoge will be able to bounce back and secure another Olympic gold, despite his recent challenges?

    1. MarieWilliams87 says

      Yes, I believe Kipchoge has the resilience and determination to overcome his recent setbacks and clinch another Olympic gold medal. His experience and prowess in the marathon give him a strong advantage, and I have no doubt he will bounce back even stronger.

  5. EmilySmith_93 says

    Do you think Kipchoge will be able to bounce back and secure another Olympic gold this time?

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