Geoffrey Mutai Let Down By Olympic Decision

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 18, 2012
  • Updated May. 18, 2012 at 9:51 AM UTC
Geoffrey Mutai is upset at being left off the Kenyan Olympic marathon squad. Photo:

The Boston and New York Marathon champion expressed his disappointment.

Even though he is arguably one of the best marathoners in recent memory, Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai has been left off his country’s Olympic squad.

Mutai isn’t mincing words about his disappointment.

“I did not expect to be left out of the team,” Mutai said. “What is more painful is that after being selected in the initial team of six, I was not informed again of the decision to leave me and I only learnt of it through the media.”

Kenya’s governing body of athletics ended up selecting Abel Kirui, Moses Mosop, and Wilson Kipsang to race in the London Olympics.

Mutai, who holds both the Boston and New York City Marathon course records, dropped out of this year’s Boston Marathon.

“If they opted to leave me out because I failed to defend my title in Boston by failing to finish, I would like to say I dropped out because of the sun and not anything else,” he said.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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