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Kirui, Kiplagat to lead marathon team in Doha

World marathon champion Geoffrey Kirui and two time world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat will lead other marathoners ahead of world championships in Doha, Qatar.

Kirui, who won the title in the last championships in London, will be chasing back to back marathon titles to match Kiplagat, who won in 2011 and 2013 in Korea and Moscow respectively before winning silver in London two years ago.

The 2017 Boston marathon champion, Kirui will Marshall Forces with Amos Kipruto, Laban Korir and Paul Lonyangata while Ernest Korir was dropped.

Team captain Kiplagat will be chasing her fourth title will lead Ruth Chepngetich and former Paris marathon champion Visiline Jepkesho.

Kiplagat, who won silver in the last championships, was optimistic of great results at the championships.

“As a team, we are prepared to do our best at the championships. We will be working as a team to deliver best results,” said the three time London marathon champion.

Team manager Joseph Kiget said the team has been training in the region ahead of the championships, hoping to stamp their authority in marathon running.

“The team has had a good training, hoping to get good performance in Doha. We have selected a good team for marathon. As a team, we are ready for the championships. What we want to train on is that the venue for the championships will be too hot. We want to train them to resist the hot weather condition,” said Kiget.

 “We have paid some allowances to the athletes and we will pay the remaining amount latter. This will minimize murmuring in what had happened in the past events,” assured Kiget.

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