London marathon champion Samuel Wanjiru and reigning World champion Catherine Ndereba will lead a quality Kenyan squad at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics, Berlin 2009, Athletics Kenya announced today.
The association also named a team of 10 reserves who include World champion Luke Kibet and four time Boston Marathon champion Robert Cheruiyot.
Ndereba, who also won the World title in 2003, goes for her third world title while Wanjiru will be gunning for a global back-to-back victory in follow-up to his Beijing Olympics feat when he became Kenya’s first Olympic Marathon champion.
Selina Kosgei who conquered Boston last month and Irene Limika will be other seasoned runners in the team while Wanjiru will be joined by James Kwambai, Duncan Kibet, Daniel Rono and Emmanuel Mutai.
Wanjiru who returned home on Thursday, said he was honoured to be named to the team and will resume training soon after his course record breaking victory in London last weekend where his World record breaking attempt failed mid way.
Kenyan squad -
Men: Samuel Wanjiru, James Kwambai, Duncan Kibet, Daniel Rono, Emmanuel Mutai
Women: Agnes Kiprop, Helena Loshanyang Kiprop, Irene Limika, Catherine Ndereba and Salina Kosgei
Men: Luke Kibet, Abel Kirui, Martin Lel, Robert Cheruiyot, David Kipkorir
Women: Martha Komu, Risper Jemeli, Lydia Cheromei, Edith Masai, Irene Mogaka
Peter Njenga for the IAAF