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Korir set to prove critics wrong

12 April 2013, 17:58

Nairobi - The elevation of Wesley Korir to Kenya's legislative assembly will not water down his commitment or hunger to blossom in marathon.

At 31, Korir is just getting off the blocks in the 42km distance and will be among the elite runners in Monday's Boston marathon, where he will be eying to successfully defend the crown he lifted in 2012.

Korir, who beat Levy Matebo in the final stretch last year, is inspired by his new status as a member of Kenya Parliament.

"I like running, I will always have time to run and attend parliament sessions. I will compete in Boston as Cherangany MP so the competition will include the whole constituency. The whole world will be focused on me because of the new status, but I am still that athlete who puts in much in training and hope to win the race," Korir said on Thursday in Nairobi.

Korir was among the six Kenyans who jetted out Thursday for Boston. Alongside Korir will be last year's runner-up Matebo and 2010 Boston marathon silver medallist Moses Mosop (2:03.06). Mosop's 2:03:06 Boston performance was the second-fastest time ever run over the marathon distance.

Former Boston champion and former course-record-holder Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot of Kenya also returns.

Joining the Kenyans in the chase is two-time Olympian and 2010 New York City winner Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia. Gebremariam has experience on the course, finishing third in 2011 in 2:04:53.

- Xinhua


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