World Half Marathon: Mary Wacera, Fancy Chemutai withdraws

Reigning world half marathon bronze medalist Mary Wacera and Ras AlKhaimah (RAK) half marathon champion Fancy Cherotich withdrew from team Kenya ahead of Saturday’s world showpiece in Valencia, Spain.

The duo cannot be replaced by reserve runner Joan Chelimo, the former Berlin marathon champion due to little time available.

With their withdrawal, the women team remains with three athletes led by world half marathon record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei, Pauline Kaveke and Ruth Chepng’etich.

Athletics Kenya chief executive officer Susan Kamau said that Wacera and Chemutai’s withdrawal made it impossible to replace them.

Chelimo, who is in reserve team cannot be included by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) failed as the final entries were made on Monday last week.

In men’s category, when world half marathon silver medalist Bedan Karoki was injured and pulled out of the championships, he was replaced by Kenya Defence Forces runner Alex Oloitiptip.

Each country will field five athletes with three to score for the team titles where Kenya will be defending both titles.

Two times defending champion Kamworor and Jepkosgei will lead Kenya’s assault.

Geoffrey Kamworor will be defending the title he won in 2016 in Cardiff and his maiden 2014 Copenhagen.

Kamworor will partner with Oloitiptip and two time Family Bank Half Marathon winner Jorum Okombo, World Cross Country silver medallist Leonard Barsoton and Barselius Kipyego.

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