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Kipchoge, Kosgei and Chepkoech confirmed on Kenya’s team for Tokyo

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Eliud Kipchoge after winning the men's marathon at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games (© Getty)

Eliud Kipchoge, Brigid Kosgei and Beatrice Chepkoech are among the world record-holders named on Kenya’s team for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Kipchoge and Kosgei will be joined by Lawrence Cherono, Ruth Chepngetich, Amos Kipruto and Peres Jepchirchir in the marathon, while Chepkoech will race the 3000m steeplechase.

Five years after her win in Rio, Faith Kipyegon will defend her 1500m title, while two-time world 5000m champion Hellen Obiri, who claimed silver in Rio, has been named for both the 5000m and 10,000m.

Three-time world half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor is selected for the 10,000m, six years after his world silver in Beijing, while 2015 world champion Julius Yego will contest the javelin.

Kenyan team for Tokyo

WOMEN
400m: Hellen Syombua
800m: Emily Cherotich Tuei, Mary Moraa, Eunice Sum
1500m: Winny Chebet, Faith Kipyegon
5000m: Lilian Kasait Rengeruk, Hellen Obiri, Agnes Tirop
10,000m: Sheila Chelangat, Irene Cheptai, Hellen Obiri
Marathon: Ruth Chepngetich, Bridget Kosgei, Peres Jepchirchir
20km race walk: Emily Ngii
3000m steeplechase: Beatrice Chepkoech, Purity Cherotich Rionoripo, Hyvin Kiyeng 

MEN
100m: Ferdinand Omanyala, Mark Otieno
400m: Emmanuel Korir
800m: Emmanuel Korir, Ferguson Rotich, Michael Saruni
1500m: Kamar Etyang, Abel Kipsang, Charles Simotwo
5000m: Samuel Chebole, Nicholas Kimeli, Daniel Simui
10,000m: Geoffrey Kamworor, Weldon Kipkurui Langat, Rodgers Kwemoi
Marathon: Lawrence Cherono, Eliud Kipchoge, Amos Kipruto
20km race walk: Samuel Gathimba
3000m steeplechase: Leonard Bett, Abraham Kibiwott, Benjamin Kigen
400m hurdles: Moitalel Mpoke
High jump: Mathew Sawe
Javelin throw: Julius Yego