The brilliant racing by Peres Jepchirchir in 2020, can they continue in 2021? Peres Jepchirchir wants to compete in Tokyo on the Kenya team. But, will Tokyo happen?
Jepchirchir hopes for Olympic marathon
NAIROBI (KEN): Half marathon record holder Peres Jepchirchir has an Olympic dream. “I had a very successful year in 2020 despite all the challenges brought about by Covid-19 pandemic, I’m glad I was able to compete. My new year wish is to see if Athletics Kenya (AK) can consider my performance and make an amendment on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics marathon team by including me in the squad,” Jepchirchir told Xinhua on Wednesday. Earlier last year, AK named world marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei, world marathon champion Ruth Chepngetich, Vivian Cheruiyot, a winner of the Olympic 5,000m title in 2016 to the Olympic team. However, Paul Mutwii, AK senior vice president and director of competitions told Xinhua that the federation will make some adjustments to the marathon team in order to send a strong squad to the Games.