The Star (Nairobi)

13 May 2012

Kenya: Geoffrey Mutai Feels Let Down By Team Selectors

Photo: ING New York Marathon
Geoffrey Mutai wins ING New York Marathon 2011.

BOSTON Marathon champion Geoffrey Mutai has expressed his disappointment at being overlooked by Kenyan selectors for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Mutai said he had had high hopes of making the team but was disappointed when Athletics Kenya opted for world champion Abel Kirui, Moses Mosop and Wilson Kipsang.

"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." "I hope the team selected will live up to the challenge of retaining the title that was won by the late Samuel Wanjiru in Beijing in 2008. I think they (AK) should have called the six of us and informed us of the reasons to pick the three. That would have been OK with me, even if I was omitted."

"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." "I have had a good training spell and my body is in good shape as my focus was on the Olympics," added Mutai. "But now because I am not in the team, I will just concentrate on my training as I look forward to the rest of the season. I will continue to work hard since the AK might need me in the future," Mutai said.

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