Joyciline Jepkosgei joins the Africa Cross country team

  • Jepkosgei who won the 2019 New York Marathon was drafted alongside Margaret Chelimo who participated in the Ngang Racecourse and finished seventh. The event was held on Saturday last weekend.
Joyciline Jepkosgei

The champion of the World half Marathon, Joyciline Jepkosgei has been included in Kenya’s squad to the Africa Cross Country Championship after the Commonwealth 10, 000 silver medalist, Stacy Ndiwa withdrew.

Jepkosgei who won the 2019 New York Marathon was drafted alongside Margaret Chelimo who participated in the Ngang Racecourse and finished seventh. The event was held on Saturday last weekend.

Titus Kimutai is another Kenyan athlete who secured a space in the Kenyan flight to Lome, Togo. He was granted the chance after Kibiwott Kandie who won the San Silvestre de Sao Paulo 15km Road race withdrew.

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Kandie is preparing to represent Kenya in the World Half Marathon Championships which are scheduled to be held on March 29 in Gdynia, Poland.

“It has always been my dream to run for Kenya and being the champion at national cross country, I was named in the team to Togo but I will not run in Lome. I want to concentrate fully on the World Half Marathon,” said Kandie, the Brussels half-marathon winner.

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Meanwhile, Ndiwa who is the National Police Service runner stated that the race which is set to take place in Togo has collided with a race that he had signed earlier.

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“I have a race in the same week as the Africa cross country and so it will be hard for me to compete in Togo,” said Ndiwa.

Also, the vice president of the Athletics Kenya, Paul Mutwii confirmed that the withdrawals from the Kenyan athletes are just understandable and there is nothing to worry about.

“Since we do not have wildcards in this event, we will just drop down the list of finishers whenever an athlete expresses his desire to withdraw. In this case, we have two athletes in the top six for both men and women and it was only fair to pick positions seven and eight on both lists,” said Mutwii.

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