The composition of Kenya’s marathon team to the IAAF World Championships to be held in London from August 4 to 13 is, to say the least, on point.
I couldn’t agree more with the Athletics Kenya selectors. With Eliud Kipchoge leading the way to the London battle field, we can not only hope for a repeat of the Rio 2016 Olympics, but also a Kenyan sweep in both races at the “Worlds.”
Kipchoge will partner with the 2012 Olympic marathon silver medallist Wilson Kipsang, who won the Tokyo Marathon in February, and the new London Marathon champion Daniel Wanjiru as they try to recapture the men’s title which Abel Kirui last won for Kenya in 2011.
Reigning Boston Marathon champion Geoffrey Kirui and the 2016 Mumbai Marathon champion Gideon Kipketer, who finished second in the Tokyo Marathon, have been picked as reserves in the men’s team.
Like the first three, Kirui and Kipketer are equally capable of pulling surprises just in case of anything.
Two-time world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat tops the Kenyan women’s marathon list.
Kiplagat will be chasing a hat-trick of victory and was to partner with the new world women’s only marathon record holder Mary Keitany and Chicago Marathon champion Florence Kiplagat, but, sadly, Florence and Mary withdrew saying they won’t be in shape by August.