Kipchoge, Korir to represent Kenya in Rio

By Fredrick Muoki

World Marathon Majors champion Eliud Kipchoge, Stanley Biwott and Wesley Korir are among six marathoners who will represent Kenya in the Rio Olympic games slated for next month in Brazil.

Eliud Kipchoge will lead the men’s team, having won the London Marathon in April clocking 2hrs:03mins:05secs.

The 31-year-old will have the opportunity to complete his Olympic medal collection, having taken bronze in 2004 and silver in 2008 in the 5000m.

Stanley Biwott and Wesley Korir join him on the team for Rio and both will be making their major championships debut.

Biwott won the 2015 New York Marathon and then finished second at this year’s London Marathon in a personal best of 2:hrs03mins:51secs.

Korir was the top Kenyan finisher at this year’s Boston Marathon, placing fourth in 2hrs:14mins:05secs.

The women’s team comprises of Helah Kiprop who bagged home a silver medal at IAAF World Championships Beijing in 2015, Jemima Sumgong, who finished fourth at the 2015 World Championships, Visiline Jepkesho who won this year’s Paris Marathon in 2hrs:25mins:53secs and World half marathon record-holder Florence Kiplagat.


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