Kenya Names Provisional Olympic Marathon Squad

World-record holder Patrick Makau is on the short list to represent Kenya in the Olympics this summer. Photo: IAAF

Patrick Makau and Edna Kiplagat are at the top of the list.

World-record holder Patrick Makau is on the short list to represent Kenya in the Olympics this summer. Photo: IAAF

On Tuesday, the Kenyan Athletics Federation named 12 athletes who stand a chance at representing their country at the 2012 Olympic Marathon. Not surprisingly, world-record holder in the marathon, Patrick Makau is one of them. On the women’s side, world champion Edna Kiplagat has been named.

The Federation also announced that the final six runners (three male and three female) will be selected after the spring marathon season on April 30.

Other males chosen include Boston and New York champion, Geoffrey Mutai, double world champion, Abel Kirui, and Chicago winner Moses Mosop. Additionally, Frankfurt champ Wilson Kipsang and Emmanuel Mutai are on the provisional roster.

“Arriving at the names was not easy since 150 men and 50 women made the A-Standard qualifications,” said Athletics Kenya president Isaiah Kiplagat . “Selectors looked at consistency, the ability to win without pace making, discipline and commitment to represent the country when deciding the names.”

Abel Kirui expressed his pleasure at making the first cut.

“I had a vision that I would run the Olympics in 2012 and I’m really ready for it and my mission is to be in the mix for the final squad in April,” he said.

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