Despite all the domination in big marathons around the world, no Kenyan has won an Olympic marathon gold medal. The best performance remains Eric Wainaina’s silver in 2000 Sydney Olympics.
The Kenya Athletics federation announced the Kenya Marathon team for Olympics games to be held in Beijing, China in August.
KENYA MEN OLYMPIC MARATHON TEAM
Martin Lel : He has got lots of pace. Winner in London in 2003, 2007 and 2008, New York 2003 and 2007
Samuel Wanjiru: At 21 he is the future of marathon but I have my fear he might suffer burn out for his early start. World Half marathon record holder (58:33) Fakuoka Marathon winner 2007 and London marathon runner-up 2008
Robert Cheruiyot : This former barber is my bet for the Olympic Gold. Four time Boston marathon winner (2003, 2006, 2007 and 2008) Chicago marathon winner (2006 and 2007)
KENYA WOMEN OLYMPIC MARATHON TEAM
Catherine Ndereba: Will it be second time lucky for the 2004 silver medalist, She has sacrificed everything for the Olympic, choosing not to run at any major marathon prior to Beijing Olympics. Will she emerge from the Shadow of Paula Radcliffe? She is a Four time winner in Boston world champion in 2003 and 2007
Selina Kosgei : Third in London marathon 2008
Martha Komu: 2008 Paris Marathon Winner
How the Selection for Kenya Olympic Team is Done
I have no idea how its done, The National Track Federation chooses the Olympic team based on an Amorphous criteria subject to all manner of interpretation and influence peddling. Critics of the federation have accused the federation of putting reputation, tribe, & friendship above individual form.
The beautiful thing about preparing for Olympic Games is you can enjoy dreaming. After announcing the team, the federation moved swiftly to dreamland ” We expect both marathon golds this year since we have picked the best runners we have. This year alone, Kenyans have won 25 marathon titles so selecting the team was not easy but we got the best,” The federation Chairman, Isaiah Kiplagat said.