Rewarded Victory: Kenyan Runner’s London Marathon Victory Earns Him Olympic Slot

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– Alexander Munyao wins London Marathon, joins Olympic team.

– Eliud Kipchoge leads men’s team aiming for third gold.

– Peres Jepchirchir to anchor women’s team in Paris Olympics.

– Marathon team slimmed to 8 from 11 runners.

Kenya’s Alexander Munyao who shocked legendary Ethiopian marathoner Kenenisa Bekele to clinch victory in the 2024 London Marathon was rewarded for his victory on Wednesday, May 1 by being named into the eight-member marathon team set to represent the country in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France.

Final List

Athletics Kenya (AK) named the final list of the marathon team, which was slimmed down to eight from a stacked squad of 11 runners named last month.

Munyao defied all odds to defeat Bekele in April in the final kilometre of the London Marathon, as he pumped up the pace to convincingly win the title, ensuring the title won by the late Kevin Kiptum last year remains with Kenya.

He clinched the win with a time of 2:04.01 which was better than Bekele’s 2:04.15.

Eliud Kipchoge to Lead Team

The final marathon team also includes two-time Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge who will lead the men’s team. He is aiming to become the first athlete to win three Olympic marathon golds following his successes at Rio in 2016 and Tokyo in 2021.

Kipchoge won the 2016 Rio Olympics at a time of 2:08:44 and successfully defended the title by winning the 2020 Tokyo Olympics clocking 2:08:38.

“I really want to have a good performance. I, therefore, believe in my preparation and learning that I will be preparing and planning well,” he spoke in Eldoret after he was included in the final team.

“However, this is a sport and accepting the outcome will really make it enjoyable. Making it this far is a huge calling and I trust to have a good performance.”

Kipchoge, 39, will become the oldest Kenyan track and field athlete to compete at an Olympics and the first Kenyan in any sport to compete in five different Olympics.

“The Olympic Games is what we all dream of as little kids starting out with our sport and is what motivates us the most today. I am beyond proud to be selected for the Kenyan team for the 5th time in my life. After winning the marathon gold medal in Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo, my focus will now be on Paris!”

Peres Jepchirchir To Lead Women Team

Meanwhile, 2020 Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir will anchor the women’s team. In London, she broke the women’s only world record by clocking 2:16.16, which was better than the 2:17.01 set by Mary Keitany, and will be hoping to defend her Olympic title that she won by clocking 2:27.20.

Others included in the shortlist are Tokyo Marathon champion Benson Kipruto and Timothy Kiplagat, Tokyo Marathon Silver medalist who was named as a reserve in the men’s team.

Two-time Boston Marathon winner Hellen Obiri will join Jepchirchir in the women’s team alongside Brigid Kosgei, the London and Chicago marathon champion.

2022 New York Marathon winner Sharon Lokedi was named as a reserve in the women’s team, with the AK President stating that the reserves ‘will go all the way’ while at the same time hoping nothing would happen to the core team.

Speaking during the unveiling of the team Tuwei said they are confident that they have done their best in selecting the best team for the country and they wish the team well and hope they will bring good results.

Tuwei who was flanked by National Olympic Committee Kenya (NOCK) President Paul Tergat, and other officials said a group of experts helped in the selection of the final team to Paris.

Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya winning a marathon.

Alexander Mutiso Munyao Profile

Alexander Mutiso Munyao (born 10 September 1996) is a Kenyan long-distance runner who specializes in road running.

His personal best of 57:59 in the half marathon set at the 2020 Valencia Half Marathon is the fourth fastest time ever. He also won 2023 Prague International Marathon at the course record of 2:05:09.

In the 2024 London Marathon, Munyao pulled away from legendary Ethiopian distance runner Kenenisa Bekele in the final three kilometers to win the race in 2:04:01.

Personal Bests


  • 3000 metres – 7:56.86 (Donetsk 2013)
  • 5000 metres – 13:21.90 (Kumamoto 2016)
  • 10,000 metres – 27:23.03 (Yokohama 2021)


  • Half marathon – 57:59 (Valencia 2020)
  • Marathon – 2:03:11 (Valencia 2023)

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