(Xinhua) -- After a decade competing on track, World
Half Marathon silver medallist Bedan Karoki of Kenya feels he is
ready to take a leap in faith and seek redemption in the
ultimate distance, the marathon.
Karoki, 26, has penciled the London
marathon in April to make his debut in big city marathon and
hopes his performance will be good enough to enter him in the
elite squad of top runners over the 42km distance.
“I hope it will be a good performance.
I have no intentions to focus on other competitions but the
London marathon in April,” he said.
This rules him out of seeking to
improve on the silver medal he won in Guiyang, China in 2015
during the World Cross Country Championships. This year’s World
Cross Country Championships will be held on March 26 in Kampala.
This will however, not water down
Kenya team to the Kampala event with reigning champion Geoffrey
Kamwaror ready to put his title on the line assisted by
steeplechase big guns Conseslus Kipruto and Jairus Birech.
The women’s team will be led by
defending champion Agnes Tirop, who is returning from two -year
injury hiatus and Olympic 1,500m champion Faith Kipyego.
But for Karoki, his focus is on having
a fast time at the London marathon on April 26, which will be
used as a selection event for Kenya to the London World
Championships in August.
“It is good to have a plan and I want
to make the transition be as easy as possible for myself
from track to the marathon world,” he said.
Karoki will also race in the Eldoret
Discovery Cross Country on Jan. 22 and in the Ras Al Khaimah
Half Marathon on 10 February but will miss the Kenyan cross
country championships, opting to “offer other athletes a chance
to run the World Cross Country Championships.”
Even though a full marathon debut is
in the pipeline, Karoki is still hoping to make the Kenyan
10,000m team for the World Championships in London.
“I feel I’m mentally and physically
strong for full marathon and I should also double on track
just as my good friend Geoffrey Kamworor, who has done it so
well,” he said.