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Athletics Kenya has selected athletes who will be competing in this summer’s World Athletics Championships and the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
Defending champion Ruth Chepng’etich will defend her title. Meanwhile, Geoffrey Kamworor will go for his eighth world title this summer in Eugene, Oregon.
The 27-year-old Chepng’etich took the 2019 Doha World Athletics Championships title in 2:32:43 in oppressive heat. It is unlikely to be even close to as warm in Eugene. The low in August in Eugene averages at 10-11C, while the high is 24.9.
Chepng’etich owns a marathon best of 2:17:09 from the 2019 running of the Dubai Marathon. She owns the national half-marathon record at 64:02 in a mixed race.
Judith Jeptum and Maureen Chepkemoi are also on the team while Angela Tanui is named as a reserve.
Two-time New York Marathon winner and former world half-marathon record holder Kamworor, won gold medals three times the World Cross Country Championships and World Half Marathon Championships.
Kamworor will be joined by Lawrence Cherono and Barnabas Kiptum while Geoffrey Kirui is the reserve.
Commonwealth Games team
Jonathan Korir, Philemon Kacheran, Erick Kiptanui, and Michael Githai is the reserve are the athletes named to the men’s marathon team for the Commonwealth Games happening in Birmingham this summer.
Purity Changwony, Margaret Wangari, Stella Barsosio, and Viola Lagat as the reserve, will make up the Birmingham women’s team for Kenya.
The World Athletics Championships run from July 15 to July 24 and the Commonwealth Games from July 28 to August 8.