• AK to name Mosop's replacement in Kenya marathon Olympic squad

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  • Moses Mosop is expected to be replaced in the Kenyan men's marathon olympic team.Moses Mosop is expected to be replaced in the Kenyan men's marathon olympic team.
Jun 11, 2012-

Athletics Kenya is expected to name a replacement for injured Moses Mosop in the Kenyan Olympic team on Tuesday.

Mosop, third at the Boston Marathon this year has had a lingering Achilles tendon injury that came to fore prior to his course record win in Chicago last October.

According to a source within Athletics Kenya Mosop has struggled with the injury since Boston and ‘they were forced’ to pick one of the reserves to replace him in the team.

Mosop, London Marathon champion Wilson Kipsang and world champion Abel Kirui were ‘the fittest of the marathoners’ named by AK in April which surprisingly excluded World marathon record holder Patrick Makau and Geoffrey Mutai the fastest marathoner.

“We were not looking at past records or fast times but weighing the current form, fitness levels at the moment,” Isaiah Kiplagat the AK chairman explained.

Mosop’s 2:03.06,the second fastest time ever recorded for a marathon, in Boston last year played was however indisputably factored in then despite his third place finish in Rotterdam (2:05.03).

Kiplagat then named Makau and Mutai(Emmanuel) as reserves for the men’s team promising to pursue race reports on what could have hampered their performances at the London marathon which served as the yardstick for the Olympic selection.

Emmanuel, a world silver medallist from Berlin seventh in London (2:08.01) is favoured to replace Mosop in the team considering his past championship experience. He was bogged down by a bout of typhoid prior to his expected title defence in London in what was his fifth appearance at the British marathon in April, which Kipsang, a two time Frankfurt marathon winner, captured in 2:04.44.

But if Athletics Kenya selectors chose to go by times to pick a replacement then it will be interesting to see whether they will pick the world’s fastest marathoner Makau (2:03.38) or Geoffrey whose 2:03.02 is the quickest time ever recorded for the 42km race.




 Evelyn Watta

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