Kenya set to continue Boston dominance
10 September 2013, 12:35
Nairobi - Kenya’s long distance runners are bracing for the upcoming Chicago Marathon in the United States where they are again heavily tipped for medals.
The Bank of America-sponsored marathon is scheduled for October 13.
Moses Mosop, Dennis Kimetto and Emmanuel Mutai, who all rank among the top 11 marathon performers in history, are top contenders for the yearly race.
With Mosop leading the way as the second-fastest marathoner of all time with a personal best 2hrs :03 min :06 sec, followed by Kimetto (Number 6, 2:04:16), Ethiopia’s Ayele Abshero (Number 7, 2:04:23) and Mutai (No 11, 2:04:40), organizers are bracing themselves for another exciting event.
“These athletes are among the most exciting in the sport, not only with their fast times, but with their proven ability to win on the biggest stages in the world. They are the ones to beat, but they’ll have their work cut out for them against deep competition,” said Bank of America Chicago Marathon Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski.
The men will challenge the course record of 2:04:38 set last year by Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede, who represented his country this summer at the World Championships Marathon.
Mosop was the runaway winner at the 2011 edition setting a then course record 2:05:37. He missed last year’s race due to his selection to Kenya’s 2012 Olympic team and subsequent injury.
Mosop, who was runner up in his debut Boston Marathon race in 2011, is back to full strength and looking to reclaim his title and course mark.
Kenyan athletes have dominated international marathons over the years.
Rita Jeptoo and Lucy Kabuu will aim to maintain that dominance in the women’s race.
- CAJ News