NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan world record holders Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei will lead a star-studded marathon team to the Tokyo Olympics this year, Kenya's athletics chiefs said on Friday.
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge, the marathon world record holder, celebrates after successfully attempting to run a marathon in less than two hours in Vienna, Austria, on October 12, 2019. REUTERS / Leonhard Foeger
Vivian Cheruiyot, multiple world champion and Olympic champion from Rio de Janeiro (5,000 m) and 10,000 m silver medal (10,000 m), as well as the reigning marathon world champion Ruth Chemngetich will also represent the East African nation.
Valary Ayabei and Sally Chepyego are reserves, Athletics Kenya (AK) said at a press conference in the capital.
Kenya is known for its skills in medium and long-distance running, but has been hit by a flood of doping cases for six years.
The other top names in the men's team are last year's Boston Marathon winner Lawrence Cherono, world marathon medalist Amos Kipruto, with Titus Ekiru and Bedan Karoki as reserves.
AK will name the rest of the team after the test drives in June in Eldoret, Kenya's heartland around 350 km northwest of the capital, Nairobi.
Olympic champion Kipchoge, 35, holds the official marathon world record of 2:01:39, which he set in Berlin on September 16, 2018.
Kosgei won the 2018 and 2019 Chicago Marathon, where she set a world record of 2:14:04 last year. She also won the 2019 London Marathon.
36-year-old Cheruiyot has participated in four Olympic Games and made her debut at the 2000 Games in Sydney, where she reached the 5000m final.
At the 2012 London Games, she won silver at 5,000 meters and bronze at 10,000 meters, before reaching the top of the podium in Rio four years ago and winning gold at 5,000 meters.
Reporting by Isaack Omulo; Cut by Toby Davis