Boost for Gerda Steyn after Kenyan star pulls OUT of Paris Olympics marathon

Kenya’s former marathon world record holder and Olympic silver medallist Brigid Kosgei has pulled out of the Paris Olympics because of injury, team officials said on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old Kosgei, who set a world record 2:14:04 for the women’s marathon in Chicago 2019, was hoping to make her second Olympic appearance after being named alongside defending champion Peres Jepchirchir and former Olympic 5 000m silver medallist Hellen Obiri in the women’s marathon line-up.

The Kenyan marathon team – which also includes the men’s two-time Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge – has been in residential training in the Rift Valley athletics hub of Eldoret for the past two months.

‘Brigid Kosgei expressed an injury concern’

“It’s during one of the regular monitoring sessions that Olympic silver medallist Brigid Kosgei expressed an injury concern to the technical team,” Kenya’s Olympic Committee said in a statement.

“Upon a review by the medical team led by the chief medical officer… Kosgei will not be heading to Paris for her second Olympics.”

The statement did not specify the injury.

Kosgei has been replaced by Sharon Lokedi, the 2022 New York marathon champion who had been named in the travelling reserve squad.

The women’s marathon will be held in Paris on 11 August, a day after the men’s race.

Meanwhile, South Africa will be presented by Gerda Steyn, Irvette van Zyl and Cian Oldknow in the women’s marathon in Paris, and by Elroy Gelant and Stephen Mokoka in the men’s marathon.

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