StanChart Marathon de­fend­ing champ to skip this year’s race

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports Local -

Reign­ing Nairobi Stanchart Marathon cham­pion Joshua Kip­ko­rir will not de­fend his ti­tle this year due to an­other race com­mit­ment.

Kip­ko­rir, who trains at Kap­ta­gat un­der Rosa Camp and is set to com­pete abroad next month said: “At the mo­ment, I am pre­par­ing for a race next month and that is the rea­son I will not de­fend my ti­tle later this month.”

Kip­ko­rir won Univer­sity of El­doret 10km run last month and won the Mom­basa 10km race last week­end.

“I would have loved to de­fend my ti­tle but if I run in Nairobi, it will af­fect my par­tic­i­pa­tion next month hence I want to get ready for my race abroad,” he added.

Af­ter se­cur­ing vic­tory at the Stanchart Marathon last year in a time of 2:13.25, Kip­ko­rir went ahead to win other races abroad in­clud­ing the 5th Ningxia Yel­low River in­ter­na­tional marathon in Wuzhong City last Septem­ber. He clocked 2:17.55 in China and his tar­get is to run sub-2:10 in his next as­sign­ment.

“My per­for­mance has been im­prov­ing in terms of time. My tar­get is to lower my per­sonal best to un­der 2:10 and I know it is pos­si­ble with good train­ing,” Kip­ko­rir ex­plained.

Mean­while, two-time Bos­ton Marathon cham­pion Moses Tanui wants the govern­ment to fully recog­nise sports­men and women, who have brought glory to the coun­try.

“In as much as we recog­nise those who fought for our free­dom from the colo­nial­ists, we have ath­letes and other sports peo­ple who put Kenya on the world map and de­serve recog­ni­tion,” Tanui noted.

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