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AK say Olympic marathon team not cast in stone

Friday June 05 2020
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Kenya's marathon team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Front row women's team (from left): Brigid Kosgei, Vivian Cheruiyot, Valary Aiyabei, Ruth Chepng'etich and Sally Chepyego. Back row men's team: Titus Ekiru, Bedan Karoki, Lawrence Cherono and Amos Kipruto pose for a photo at Riadha House, Nairobi on January 31, 2020. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By AYUMBA AYODI

Athletics Kenya could make changes to its marathon teams to the Tokyo Olympic Games basing on form.

The federation’s senior deputy president in charge of competitions, Paul Mutwii, disclosed that a lot could happen between now and the Olympic Games in 2021 after the action was deferred by one year owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mutwii was speaking on Thursday in reaction to the new Olympic qualification guidelines issued by World Athletics for July 23 to August 8, 2021.

The Games were postponed from July 24 to August 9 this year to the same period next year owing to concerns over the coronavirus spread.

The qualifying period for track and field events for the Olympic will now end on June 29, 2021, just 23 days before the start of the world’s biggest sporting bonanza.

In its four-year strategic plan and Olympic qualifying process, World Athletics says the marathon and race walk entry period will elapse on May 31, 2021.

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World marathon record holders Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei were on January 31 this year picked lead “Team Kenya” over the 42-kilometre race at the Tokyo Olympics.

The men's team also has World Championships marathon bronze medallist Amos Kipruto and Boston and Chicago Marathon champion Lawrence Cherono.

Bedan Karoki and Titus Ekiru are reserves.

Besides Kosgei, the women’s team has 2018 London Marathon champion Vivian Cheruiyot, world champion Ruth Chepng'etich with Valary Aiyabei and Sally Chepyego the reserves.


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