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2024 Olympics: Kipchoge will be part of a reduced Kenyan team for the marathon

Eliud Kipchoge, the reigning two-time Olympic gold medalist in the marathon, will spearhead a reduced Kenyan delegation to the Paris Olympics, along with outgoing champion Peres Jepchirchir, Kenyan athletics officials said Thursday .

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2024 Olympics: Kipchoge will be part of a reduced Kenyan team for the marathon

Eliud Kipchoge, the reigning two-time Olympic gold medalist in the marathon, will spearhead a reduced Kenyan delegation to the Paris Olympics, along with outgoing champion Peres Jepchirchir, Kenyan athletics officials said Thursday .

Compared to the 20 athletes whose names were initially announced in December, only six of the ten men and women long-distance runners announced Thursday will make the trip to Paris.

Kipchoge, 39, is on the list as are two-time Boston Marathon winner Benson Kipruto, Timothy Kiplagat and Vincent Kipkemboi Ngetich as well as 2023 Berlin Marathon runner-up Alexander Mutiso

Kipchoge is aiming for a third Olympic gold medal after those won in Rio in 2016 and Tokyo in 2021. But he struggled to finish 10th at the Tokyo marathon last month, clocking 2:06:50 far from the winner, Kipruto, who won in 2:02:16, and his runner-up, Kiplagat, who arrived in 2:02:55. World record holder Kelvin Kiptum, also Kenyan, died in a car accident in February.

Among the women, Peres Jepchirchir, gold medalist in Tokyo, and silver medalist Brigid Kosgei will be part of the delegation with the winner of the recent Boston and Chicago marathons Helen Obiri. Rosemary Wanjiru, Sharon Lokedi and 2019 world champion Ruth Chepngetich are also on this list. “The journey begins as we defend our crown,” the Kenyan Olympic Committee said on X.

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