Jepchirchir, Kipchumba joins marathon Olympics team

World half marathon record holder Peres Jepchirchir and Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge will lead marathon at the Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan.

Athletics Kenya today named Jepchirchir, the Valencia marathon champion who will join two time London marathon champion and world marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei and world marathon champion Ruth Chepngétich former London marathon champion Vivian Cheruiyot.

Jepchirchir, 27 who was not in the initial team, recaptured the World Half Marathon title with victory in Gdynia, Poland on October 17 last year with a world record of 65:16 stood at the world record.

She also recaptured her world record and world half marathon title in 65:34 before closing the year Valencia marathon title in 2:17:16.

At the same time, the federation dropped Frankfurt marathon champion Valary Ayabei and Sally Chepyego in the women’s team.

World marathon record holder Kipchoge will lead Valencia marathon champion Vincent Kipchumba, World Marathon bronze medallist Amos Kipruto and 2019 Boston Marathon champion Lawrence Cherono.

Titus Ekiru and two time world half marathon silver medalist Bedan Karoki were dropped from men’s team.

Kipchumba won the Amsterdam (2:05:09) and Vienna City

Marathon team


  1. Brigid Kosgei
  2. Peres Jepchirchir
  3. Vivian Cheruiyot
  4. Ruth Chepngetich


  1. Eliud Kipchoge
  2. Lawrence Cherono
  3. Amos Kipruto
  4. Vincent Kipchumba
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