- Iten-based pair say they won’t be in perfect shape for August’s World Championships, ask AK to select fresh athletes.
- Mutwii gave the athletes until Friday to confirm their availability.
- Kiplagat said that two months will not be enough to prepare for a World Championships.
The Iten-based pair of world women’s marathon record holder Mary Keitany and Chicago Marathon champion Florence Kiplagat have turned down invitations to run for Kenya at the World Championships in London this August.
The two, who spoke to Nation Sports yesterday, thanked Athletics Kenya (AK) for giving them the opportunity, but noted that they will not be ready for the London championships having just competed in April’s energy-sapping London Marathon.
Meanwhile, Agnes Barsosio, named as a reserve in the team, has also withdrawn with a knee injury.
Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge had not responded to his selection in the men’s team while there were conflicting reports about the status of Tokyo Marathon champion Wilson Kipsang who was also named in the team along with London Marathon champion Daniel Wanjiru.
NURSING SOME INJURIES
AK deputy president in charge of competitions, Paul Mutwii, disclosed that Kipsang had written to them accepting his selection but his manager, Gerard van de Veen, stated otherwise.
Mutwii gave the athletes until Friday to confirm their availability.
Keitany said she will not have rested well enough for the World Championships after her exploits at London Marathon on April 23 where she set a new women’s-only world marathon record of two hours, 17 minutes and one second.
Kiplagat disclosed that she was still nursing some injures including sore back heels which she picked up during the London Marathon in April.