The Olympic marathon team for Kenya was announced on Tuesday and the current and former men’s world record holders were omitted from selection, according to Athletics Kenya.

Dennis Kimetto, the current world record holder (2:02:57), and Wilson Kipsang, the former record holder, chose to remove their names from the selection pool, according to Reuters, citing hot and humid conditions expected for Rio this August.

The men’s is headed by Eliud Kipchoge, Stanley Biwott, and Wesley Korir. Cyprian Kotut and Bernard Kipyego were named to the reserves meaning they will not compete in Rio unless an athlete withdraws prior to the race.

Kimetto and Kipsang have not performed well in the heat in the past. Both athletes dropped out of the world championships in Beijing in 2015.

On the women’s side, London Marathon winner Jemima Sumgong, Helah Kiprop and Visiline Jepkesho have been named to the women’s Olympic team. Florence Kiplagat and Mary Keitany were named as reserves. Keitany is the second fastest woman ever in the marathon behind only Paula Radcliffe.

Kenya has long been considered a distance running powerhouse at the Olympics. Their success has been inconsistent in the marathon, however, as Samuel Wanjiru (2008, Beijing) is the only Kenyan to have ever won a gold medal in either the men’s or women’s Olympic race.

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Korir, the 2012 Boston Marathon winner and fourth place finisher in Boston in April, is married to Canadian Tarah Korir, who represented Canada at the world half-marathon championships. The couple visits Canada regularly and often train together on trails just outside of Waterloo, Ont. Wesley is a member of parliament in Kenya and the two split their time between Kenya, southern Ontario and Louisville (their alma mater). His pre-race routine includes eating a tuna sandwich from Subway.

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Kipchoge won the London Marathon this year in the second fastest time ever. Canadian Rob Watson, who was in London racing, told Canadian Running that Kipchoge’s 2:03:05 London performance was the best marathon he has ever seen run.

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Below are Kipchoge and Sumgong, who recovered from a heavy fall during the spring race to come back and win, after April’s London Marathon:

Editor’s note: This story originally included the preliminary list and has been updated to reflect the official list (no men’s changes, the women’s team had two changes).

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