Written by Silas Kibet Kemboi
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Wilson Kipsang. crossing the finish line at the London Marathon. Photo/ Courtesy
While congratulating the Kenyan runners, Athletics Kenya chairman Isaiah Kiplagat yesterday said Kenya’s feat at London and other recent marathons leaves no qualm about the country’s intentions to dominate the 2012 Olympic Games.
Kiplagat said the top five slots in the women’s race and top two in the men’s race in London has once again left the federation spoilt for choice in identifying representatives for the London event.
Wilson Kipsang led Martin Lel in the men’s race while Mary Keitany, Edna Kiplagat, Priscah Jeptoo, Florence Kiplagat and Lucy Kabuu took the first five positions in the women’s race.
However, Kiplagat said the women runners especially in the last few races including Boston, have made it easy for them to pick the team for the London Olympic Games.
“We are on course to picking the final team on April 30 and we are sure we will have a strong marathon team for London,” said Kiplagat.
Wilson Kipsang and Mary Keitany completed a Kenyan double at the London marathon on sunday as the East African country once again dominated the races by taking five of the six podium places.
Kipsang, second fastest man in the world over the distance, won in two hours four minutes and 44 seconds, just four seconds off the course record set last year by Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai.
Keitany became the third fastest woman in the marathon as she retained her title in 2:18.37 ahead of world champion Edna Kiplagat and Priscah Jeptoo.
“I’m pleased with my run today and the time was ok,” said Keitany. “The weather here all week as not been good but when I saw the sunshine this morning, I knew the weather would be right for me,” added the 30-year-old. Britain’s David Weir won the men’s wheelchair race for a record sixth time.
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