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Komon set for marathon bow in Eindhoven

22 August 2014, 19:04

Nairobi - Leonard Komon will take the step up to the full marathon in October after confirming he will run in the 2014 De Lage Landen Marathon Eindhoven.

The Kenyan, the world record holder over the 10km and 15km distances, made his half-marathon debut in Berlin earlier this year and posted a 59:14, the fastest ever time for a debutant 21.1km.

Naturally he is setting his sights on a good target for the race in the Netherlands on October 12.

"I have 2:05 and breaking the course record as my target time," he told the-star.co.ke."I think the course is very fast, it is a nice course and if the weather is good, I hope to run a good time.

"Some people in my training group ran in Eindhoven last year and so I already knew a little bit about the course but it is important to see it for yourself and I can say I am very happy."

Komon's compatriot Dickson Chumba is the current course record holder after posting a 2:05:46 in 2012, but the 26-year-old is confident he can do better.

"We have still to discuss pace making in detail, and who will do it, we have eight weeks to decide that, but I think I would like to run the first half in 1:02:30 and that will give me the chance to run 2:05, or even faster," Komo said.

"I have been very happy with my training, I have not had any injuries or any other distractions since my last race (in New York, where he finished second in 28:17 over 10km on 10 May) so I am feeling quite confident I will have a good chance of achieving my targets."


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