The Star (Nairobi)

3 July 2013

Kenya: Jeptoo Is Out

Olympic marathon bronze medallist, Priscah Jeptoo has withdrawn from the Kenya team to the World Athletic Championships slated for next month in Moscow.

According to Athletics Kenya (AK) vice chairman, Jeptoo cited fatigue after the London Marathon early this year as his reason of pulling out from the global festival. " She has just resumed training and she will not be in position to run at the World event which is only a month away," said Okeyo.

She has been replaced by Eunice Kirwa Jepkirui, who finished second at the Amsterdam Marathon last year in a time of 2:21.41. The race was won by Ethiopia Meseret Hailu. Okeyo said the Kenya marathon team is expected to proceed to camp next week at Iten under the tutelage of coaches of Richard Metto and Abraham Kiplimo. Jeptoo's exit leaves Jepkirui to team up with defending champion Edna Kiplagat and Lucy Kabuu in the women's marathon team with Margaret Agai as the standby athlete.

Kiplagat will be seeking to bounce back from a disappointing performance at Last year's London Olympic Games, where she managed 20th position after posting 2:27.52. Kabuu could be dark horse for the title in Moscow having made her marathon debut in Dubai last year, where she clocked clocking 2:19.34 to finish second.

She was placed fifth at the 2012 London Marathon in 2:23.12 and won the 2013 Ras al Khaimah Half Marathon in a time of 1:06.09.

In the men's category-Michael Kipyego, Bernard Kipyego and Bernard Koech--will represent the country with Peter Some as the reserve athlete.

Michael Kipyego clinched the Tokyo Marathon in 2:07.37 last year--beating legend Haile Selassie. This year, he came home second to compatriot Dennis Kimetto in 2:06.58 in the same event. He made his marathon debut at the 2011 Rotterdam Marathon, finishing sixth in 2:11.03

Bernard Kipyego made his marathon debut in 2010 in Rotterdam--coming home fifth in a time of 2:07.01.

He was placed third at the 2011 Chicago Marathon--posting 2:06.29. He finished sixth at the same event in 2012 in 2:06 .40 and came home third in the 2013 Tokyo Marathon by clocking 2:07.53. Bernard Koech finished fifth at the 2013 Dubai Marathon in 2:04.53.

Reseve Peter Some is credited with winning the 2013 Paris Marathon, where he posted 2:05.38 He clinched his first marathon victory in 2012 at the Brighton Marathon in 2:12.03.

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