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AK name strong team for World Champs

26 May 2015, 14:30

Nairobi - Athletics Kenya has released to names of 11 athletes that will compete in the marathon event at the World Championships in Beijing in August.

The men’s team is headlined by world record holder Dennis Kimetto (personal best 2:02:5) while Wilson Kipsang (2:03:23), Mark Korir (2:05:41), Felix Kipchichir (2:06:59), Lucas Kimeli (2:07:17) and Luka Kanda (2:07:20) will also run.

Meanwhile Edna Kiplagat (2:19:50) leads the women's contingent, followed by Jemimah Sumgong (2:20:48), Helah Kiprop (2:27:29), Visiline Jepkesho (2:24:42) and Janet Rono (2:26:03).

"We sent out notices to all these athletes," said AK vice president David Okeyo.  

"They had to confirm to us their availability. [Eliud] Kipchoge wrote to us saying he was unavailable. He said the time between his run in London and the World Championships was too short for his preparations.

"[Caroline] Rotich was initially in the list, but she has not confirmed to us if she is willing to run in the Beijing World Championships so we cannot have her in the team.

"When you look at these athletes, they have competed in big city marathons and they have the required experience. They have posted faster times of 2:06 and below for men and under 2:22 for women. It is a strong team."

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