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From Kiptum to Obiri, Athletic Kenya Names Provisional Marathon Team for 2024 Paris Olympics

Edwin Kiplagat

December 4, 2023 at 7:23 PM

  • Kenya has named a provisional marathon team for the 2024 Paris Olympics
  • The team consists of elite men and women athletes from the East African nation
  • Kenya won both the men’s and women’s marathon titles in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Athletics Kenya has named provisional men’s and women’s marathon teams for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Kenya are the defending champion for both the women’s titles they won in 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

Kelvin Kiptum and Hellen Obiri have won multiple marathons in 2023. Photos by Michael Reaves and Elsa.
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Some of the prominent names in the team include the defending champion for the men’s title and former world record holder Eliud Kipchoge. The veteran marathoner also won the men’s title in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Another name in the men’s team is Kelvin Kiptum, the world record holder who has run in just three marathons. Kiptum clocked an insane 2:00:35 to take 34 seconds off Kipchoge’s world record, per World Athletics.

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The women’s team is star-studded, just like the men’s provisional team. It has women who have won marathons and broken world records.

Hellen Obriri, winner of the Boston Marathon and New York Marathon in 2023, is in the team. Former World Record holder Brigid Kosgei is also on the list. London Marathon and New York Marathon winner Joycilline Jepkosgei is on the list, per Katami Michelle.

Defending champion Peres Jepchirchir is on the list. The provisional list comes out months before the global showpiece, but it shows just how much talent Kenya has in the field.

What Obiri earned in New York Marathon

In November, veteran Kenyan athlete Hellen Obiri outkicked Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey to win the 2023 New York City Marathon. Obiri clocked 2:27:23 while Gidey finished in 2:27:29.

Obiri took home $100,000, which is over 15 million when converted to Kenyan shillings. With that win, she is one of the highest-earning Kenyan athletes in 2023 as Sports Brief earlier reported.

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Obiri also won the 2023 Boston Marathon in April.

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Kiptum shatters Kipchoge’s record

Sports Brief also reported on Kelvin Kiptum obliterating Kipchoge’s men’s marathon world record at the 2023 Chicago Marathon.

He clocked 2:00:35 to take 34 seconds off Kipchoge’s world record and became the first human being to run a marathon under 2 hours and one minute.

Kipchioge and Kiptum may go head-to-head in Paris next year for the big title.





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