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MP Wesley Korir’s pace making for his Canadian wife may have cost Team Kenya in Rio; Probe Report

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​Cherangany Member of Parliament Wesley Korir is on the spot for allegedly leaving the Rio Olympic Games camp to go and pace set for his Canadian wife in the Ottawa Marathon.

According to a report by the Rio 2016 Olympics Probe Committee,that was appointed to look into the Rio scandal, Korir left Team Kenya camp for Canada without permission.

The Cherangany MP participated in a race on May 29 where he paced his wife, Tarah McKay Korir,who apparently was chasing Olympic qualifying time.

The report says the pace making affected Korir who failed to finish his race at the Rio Olympics.

The legislator is said to have run as a pace setter for his wife where he covered 41 out of the full 42km race and with only a few weeks to the Olympics,he could not recover enough to run the marathon in Rio.

“Korir played the role of pacemaker for 41km out of 42km, which was equivalent to running a full marathon.With only a few weeks to the Olympics,the athlete could not recover enough to run the marathon in Rio,considering the distance he had covered and the long travel in between,”reads part of the report.

The Rio Probe Committee report,accused Korir,who ironically was Team Kenya Captain,of not adhering to team preparations and regulations and later blaming a water mix-up for his failure to finish the race.

The Boston Marathon Champion had said the water mix-up caused him stomach upsets that forced him to exit the race at 30 kilometre mark.

“He dropped out of the Rio Olympic race citing ‘water mix-up’ problem along the course,” added the report.

However,Korir has dismissed the report saying his participation at Ottawa Marathon three months before the Rio Olympics did not have affect his performance at the Games.

He also added that he sought permission from Team Kenya coaches,who gave him the go ahead with instructions on how to pace.

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