StanChart Marathon defending champ to skip this year’s race
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.