NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
London marathon champion Vivian Cheruiyot of
Kenya will not rest on her laurels and targets a gold medal at
the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
already has a gold medal in 5,000m from Rio Games, said on
Monday her win in London marathon on Sunday has only
reinvigorated her faith and trust that she is destined for
better days in her career in the 42km distance.
“Tokyo Olympics will
be the beginning of another brilliant era in my career,” said
believes she will be reminded of the journey she needs to travel
in the next marathon because any athlete is only best as her
“London is now
behind me. I have to focus on the next challenge and that is to
win another race and gain more experience. After that, I can
start talking of world record and Olympics,” she added.
victory in London, clocking 2:18:31, was her second in the
distance since she transferred from the track competition a year
Her first race in
London in 2017 ended with a fourth place finish in a race won by
compatriot Mary Keitany. She went to Frankfurt, Germany and was
able to win last October and returned to London to win.
“I have no plans to
run a world record. Though I believe it is something that can go
down,” she said. However, she believes she has about six years
to run in marathon.
“I have heard some
reports that I will retire after 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo,
Japan. That is not true. Maybe I will hang my spikes in 2025,”