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'Politician' Korir goes for gold in Canada

10 January 2014, 16:26

Nairobi - Star athlete and Cherangany Member of Parliament, Wesley Korir, confirmed his participation at this year’s Ottawa Marathon.

The annual race is scheduled for May 25 at the Canadian city.

Korir was upbeat ahead of the event.

“Canada has been my training base and my second home for the last couple of years,” said the 31-year-old politician-cum-athlete.

“Having this opportunity to compete on Canadian soil is what I have been longing for. My goal in Ottawa is to win.”

Manny Rodrigues, Elite Athlete coordinator for the Ottawa Marathon, said he was thrilled to welcome Korir to the Ottawa Marathon this year.

“Every year we strive to attract the best field possible,” he said.

Korir has competed in Ottawa once before, finishing second to course record-holder Deriba Merga in the 10km race.

He won the Boston Marathon in the United States in 2012.

Apart from that victory, Korir who has twice won the Los Angeles Marathon and has finished in the top five at the Chicago Marathon on four occasions.

After contesting 11 marathons on US soil, this would be his first race over the classic distance outside of the USA.

After a successful track career at the University of Louisville in the US, Korir moved to the roads and finished fourth at the 2008 Chicago Marathon.

He won the Los Angeles Marathon twice in 2009 and 2010.

His personal best is 2:06:13 at the 2012 Chicago Marathon.

– CAJ News


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