Kiptum, Wanjiru headline Team Kenya marathon squad to Budapest
Women’s record holder Brigid Kosgei who dropped out of the London Marathon in April barely two kilometers in has also been included in the team
With 78 days left until the start of the World Athletics Championships set for Budapest from 19 to 27 August, Athletics Kenya has named their marathon team for the global showpiece.
London champion and the second fastest marathoner Kelvin Kiptum headlines the men’s list while the women’s quest to reclaim the title will be led by Tokyo Marathon champion Rosemary Wanjiru.
Women’s record holder Brigid Kosgei who dropped out of the London Marathon in April barely two kilometers in has also been included in the team that will be gunning for the title last won by Nagooya Marathon champion Ruth Chengetich in 2019.
Also named in the women’s line up is 2022 Valencia marathon bronze medalist who placed fourth in London Sheila Chepkirui. Selly hepyego and Commonwealth Games silver medalist Margret Wangari are the team reserves.
Meanwhile, Kiptum will have London marathon silvers medalist Geoffrey Kamworor who missed the podium in Oregon, limping his way to the finish line for fourth place.
2022 Amsterdam Marathon silver medalist Titus Kipruto completes the men’s trio that will be out to win the title Kenya last lifted in 2017 when Geoffrey Kirui won.
1. Kelvin Kiptum
2. Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor
3. Titus Kipruto
4. Timothy Kiplagat Rono (Reserve)
5. Michael Mugo Githae (Reserve)
1. Rosemary Wanjiru Monica
2. Sheila Chepkirui
3. Brigid Kosgei
4. Selly Chepyego Kaptich (Reserve)
5. Margaret Wangari Muriuki (Reserve)