The answer should be more clear after this weekend’s London Marathon.
With the amount of Kenyan talent in the marathon so deep, the exact fielding of its Olympic marathon team remains up in the air.
Last year’s Boston and New York City Champion, Geoffrey Mutai, was on the short list to make the team, but after he dropped out of Monday’s Boston Marathon, many are wondering if the Kenyan Athletics Federation will select him to compete.
Mutai stopped running past the 18-mile mark on Monday, citing cramps as the reason for his early exit.
“I did not know I would drop out, but sometimes this can happen,” Mutai said. “As for the Olympics, I cannot say that I will be there or I will not be there.”
Specifically, the three-man Olympic marathon squad is chosen by a seven-member committee. Kenya does not put its selection criteria in writing, which is fueling all the speculation as to Mutai’s fate.
The chairman of Athletics Kenya, Isiah Kiplagat, tried to add some clarity to the process. He said selection was based on “time plus”, which indicates the clock is important, but there are other factors as well.
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