NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
London marathon champion Daniel Wanjiru of Kenya
says his training is going on well and he will be ready to
defend his title on April 22.
will have a small task of gauging his preparedness for the title
defence when he lines up in London on March 4 for the The Big
“My training has
been great and I will be ready for the April 22 race in London.
But for now the focus is on the The Big Half and hopefully, I
will prevail,” said Wanjiru on Saturday.
Wanjiru will have to
face off with Mohammed Farah and his fellow Briton Callum
Hawkins while the women’s field will have former Kenyan turned
Bahrain Rose Chelimo.
“The Big Half will
give me clear indication of what I need to do ahead of the
London marathon. Wining is not important but to see how I fare
on in competitive race,” he added.
challenge at the April 22 race is tough as he is expected to
weather the storm from seasoned athletes, who have been invited
to the race. Organizers have announced that Ethiopia’s Kenenisa
Bekele of Ethiopia, Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge and Stanley Biwott,
Britain’s Mo Farah and Ethiopia’s Guye Adola to be eyeing the
Wanjiru, 25, was the
surprise winner last year when he clocked 2:05:48 for victory
ahead of Bekele’s 2:05:57.
Prior to London,
Wanjiru had only won in Amsterdam in 2016 clocking 2:05:21.