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Kenyan athletes aim for Comrades in SA

17 April 2014, 11:42

Nairobi - Buoyed by impressive performances by local runners in the just-ended London Marathon, Kenyans have set their sights on this weekend’s Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon scheduled for South Africa.

Athletics Kenya is sending a powerful team to the 56km ultra-modern marathon.

Among these are David Barmasai and Nickson Kipketer Koech, who the local athletics mother body believes would bring home the medals.

AK Head of Marketing, Charity Wainaina, predicted victory for the local athletes.

“The Old Mutual Kenya fraternity is pleased to have the country show case its athletic talent in South Africa. We are proud of them and we will be cheering them on as they take on the marathon on Saturday,” Wainaina said.

Barmasai, who is tipped to walk away with the title ahead of Saturday's race, was confident of making an impression.

“Running 56km will assist me with the additional endurance which will benefit me in the second half of the year where I plan to run a sub 2:05:30 marathon,” Barmasai said.

Barmasai’s training partner, Nickson Kipkoech, echoed his sentiments saying long distance running was Kenya's tradition.

Kipkoech said he was training on high altitude ahead of Saturday's marathon scheduled for Cape Town.

“I have improved tremendously over the last 12 months and I feel my leg speed and strength is there. I have always been strong on tough courses as we train at high altitude and on very undulating routes in Kenya,” Kipkoech said.

Winners of this year's race will walk away with R1 million.

More than 10,000 participants are expected to take part in the race.

 - CAJ News

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