Athletics Kenya Announces New Policy for Olympic Marathon Selection, by Toni Reavis, note by Larry Eder

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After a frustrating Olympics, Athletics Kenya has come out swinging. In this piece by Toni Reavis, he reveals that Athletics Kenya, through a press release on October 3, 2012, has announced a six month period before Rio where Kenyan marathon candidates will not be allowed to race marathons, thus cutting out London, Boston and Rotterdam. 

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by Toni Reavis

     In the whirl of travel and press duties for last weekend's Chicago Marathon, the following notice slipped into my mail bag with little notice.  In the wake of Kenya's disappointing performances at the London Olympic Marathons, Athletics Kenya (AK) has announced a new policy for Rio 2016 which it hopes will give the nation its best chance to secure what has been an elusive goal, the men's and women's Olympic Marathon gold medal.

After a contentious and controversial selection process in 2012,  the highly touted Kenyan men's Olympic Marathon team took home the Olympic silver and bronze medals in London, but lost in defense of Sammy Wanjiru's 2008 gold to Uganda's surprising Stephen Kiprotich.  In the women's marathon, Priscah Jeptoo won the silver medal, while pre-race favorites Mary Keitany and reigning World Champion Edna Kiplagat could only manage fourth and 20th places.

In the aftermath of those letdowns, AK has announced that in order to represent the crossed spears over shield flag in Rio de Janeiro 2016, all provisionally selected marathoners will not be allowed to compete in another marathon six months in advance of the Games, thereby eliminating the 2016 spring calendar of marathons in Boston, Rotterdam and London. Read more of this post

Toni Reavis | October 9, 2012 at 8:48 am | Tags: Athletics KenyaOlympic Marathon | Categories: News | URL:

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