By Gilbert Wandera
Kipsang will represent the country alongside World champion, Abel Kirui, who managed a sixth
place in London and Chicago Marathon champion, Moses Mosop, who was third in Rotterdam on April 15.
Surprisingly missing from men’s list is World marathon record holder, Patrick Makau, and 2011’s Boston marathon champion Godfrey Mutai. Makau did not finish in London Sunday April 22, while Mutai also did not finish in Boston on April 16.
Athletics Kenya chairman Isaiah Kiplagat, while naming the squad on Wednesday, said they have sought to find out what happened to Mutai and Makau as the two have been put on standby in case any of those named in the final team drop out.
"The six we have named are the final team, but we have put Makau and Mutai on standby in case any of the men drop out. We are allowed to change the team by June 23. But this will only happen if any of the three cannot compete," he said.
Kiplagat admitted that it had been a difficult decision to come up with the final team considering the high number of athletes who have made the qualifying mark.
"We were initially supposed to name the team at the end of the month, but in order to end anxiety surrounding the process and to give the athletes enough time to start preparations, we have decided to announce the names Thursday," he said.