Kenya Leaves Marathon Record Holder Makau Out of Olympic Squad

Kenya has left marathon world record holder Patrick Makau out of its squad for the 2012 Olympics after he failed to finish last week’s London marathon, the Association of Athletics Federations said.

Makau last year retained his Berlin marathon title by winning the 26-mile race in a world-record time of 2 hours, 3 minutes and 38 seconds. He shaved 21 seconds off the mark set by Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie in Berlin in 2008. Makau didn’t finish last weekend’s London Marathon.

London winners Wilson Kipsang and Mary Keitany made the team, as well as double world champion Abel Kirui, who finished sixth in London. Chicago Marathon title holder Moses Mosop also made the men’s team, while reigning women’s world champion Edna Kiplagat and silver medalist Priscah Jeptoo were selected for the women’s team, according to the IAAF website.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Samuel Wanjiru became the first Kenyan to win the gold medal in the event, setting a new Olympic record. He died a year ago after falling from a balcony at his home in Kenya’s Rift Valley.

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