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Boston Marathon champion left off Kenyan Olympic group choice

Boston Marathon champion left off Kenyan Olympic group choice


On Monday, Athletics Kenya unveiled a shortlist of 10 female and male athletes who could characterize the nation within the marathon on the 2024 Olympic Video games in Paris. The provisional choice record options outstanding names equivalent to two-time Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge, world document holder Kelvin Kiptum and New York Metropolis Marathon champion Hellen Obiri. Notably absent from the record is Evans Chebet, the back-to-back Boston Marathon champion in 2022 and 2023.

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Kenya’s Evans Chebet and Eliud Kipchoge initially line of the 127th Boston Marathon. Photograph: Kevin Morris

Chebet, acknowledged as among the finest tactical marathoners on this planet, has received his final three marathons. He recorded consecutive wins on the Boston Marathon and received the New York Metropolis Marathon in 2022. He was slated to defend his NYC title this 12 months, however was compelled to withdraw within the weeks main as much as the race, as a result of harm.

Whereas Chebet’s exclusion from the Kenyan group could also be stunning, given his confirmed observe document on hilly and tactical programs, it’s price noting that the 2024 Olympic marathon course in Paris is well-suited for Chebet’s strengths. This course has an elevation achieve of greater than 400 metres throughout 42.2 kilometres and is touted to be the hilliest Olympic marathon thus far.

Workforce Kenya has held a agency grip on the marathon on the Olympics, profitable each males’s and girls’s titles in Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.

Eliud Kipchoge celebrates after profitable gold on the Olympic marathon in Rio.

Kenyan information outlet The Nation reviews that Athletics Kenya thought of world rankings and performances at this 12 months’s World Marathon Majors to kind the record of athletes.

The Kenyan provisional males’s squad contains world document holder Kiptum, two-time Olympic champion Kipchoge, Vincent Kipkemoi, Timothy Kiplagat, 2021 Boston champion Benson Kipruto, Bernard Kiprop Koech, former NYC champion Geoffrey Kamworor, Cyprian Kotut, 2022 London Marathon champion Amos Kipruto and Titus Kipruto.

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Kenya’s Kelvin Kiptum broke the marathon world document on the 2023 Chicago Marathon. Photograph: Kevin Morris

The Kenyan provisional ladies’s squad is loaded with expertise, that includes 2019 world champion Ruth Chepngetich, Tokyo Marathon champion Rosemary Wanjiru, Joyciline Jepkosgei, Sheila Chepkirui, reigning Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir, Seley Chepyego, world championship medallist Judith Jeptum Korir, Boston and New York Metropolis Marathon champion Obiri, 2022 NYC champion Sharon Lokedi and former world document holder Brigid Kosgei.

Each males’s and girls’s provisional groups shall be narrowed down to 5 (three to compete and two reserves) by the top of January.



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