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Former Louisville great Wesley Korir Named to Kenyan Olympic Team

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From U of L:

Athletics Kenya has officially announced that former Louisville All-American Wesley Korir will represent Kenya during the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro on August 12-21, 2016.  Korir is the first University of Louisville track and field athlete to be named an Olympian.

Korir competed for the Cardinals from 2005-07.  He currently holds school records in the outdoor 1500m, 3000m, and 5000m and the indoor 5000m. He would also earn All-American honors multiple times. He finished 3rd in the 5000m at the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Champions finished 12th in the fall of 2007 at the NCAA Cross-Country Championships.

After his time at Louisville, Korir went on to run marathons. He entered the Chicago Marathon in October 2008, but with no previous marathon experience. He would win the open division and post the fourth fastest time overall, 2:13:53. In May of 2009, Korir won the Los Angeles Marathon, in a time of 2:08:24 which at the time was the fastest marathon ever run in the state of California.  He would repeat as champion in Los Angeles in March 2010.  Korir had his most significant victory to date at the 2012 Boston Marathon.

Korir and the other athletes will report at Athletics Kenya offices in Riadha House on May 16, 2016.

Kenyan Olympic Team
1.     Eliud Kipchoge
2.     Stanley Biwott
3.     Wesley Korir
4.     Cyprian Kotut (Reserve)
5.     Bernard Kipyego   (Reserve)

1.     Helah Kiprop
2.     Jemimah Sumgong
3.     Visiline Jepkesho
4.     Mary Keitany (Reserve)
5.     Florence Kiplagat (Reserve)

1.     Richard Metto