NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Former Macao Marathon champion Stephen Kwelio
Chemlany is leading a slew of Kenyan stars at this year’s Prague
Marathon on May 6.
Chemlany has had a
good performance in Asia, winning in China and South Korea at
the Seoul Marathon.
However, he seeks to
dominate a new fortress as he heads to Europe, eyeing the Prague
title against a top international lineup, which includes Chicago
Marathon champion Galen Rupp.
“It will have top
names because the course there is good. But it is down to what
you do in your preparations and then wait to see how the
opponents perform against your running. I have no worries of
injuries and am focused on doing the job right in Prague,”
Chemlany said on Wednesday from Eldoret, Kenya.
Chemlany, who has
been training in the USA, was runner-up at the 2011 Berlin
Marathon and came fourth at the 2013 Berlin Marathon.
He leads five Kenyan
runners including Japhet Kosgei (2:08:88), Barselius Kipyego,
who clocked 2:13:06 last year in Ljubljana, Duncan Maiyo and
Felix Kibitok, who is making his debut in the marathon.
America’s Rupp, who
dropped out of the Boston Marathon two weeks ago, is hopeful to
be back to fitness just 20 days after his failed attempt in his
Rupp dropped out of
Boston Marathon, which was held under cold and windy conditions,
because of breathing and hypothermia problems.
The course record in
Prague is held by Kenya’s Eliud Kiptanui at 2:05:39 and has
stood the test of time since 2010. In each of the last nine
editions of Prague Marathon, the winning time has been under two
hours and nine minutes.
Rupp’s personal best
is 2:09:20, which he ran to win last year’s Chicago Marathon in
expected to race in Prague include Sisay Lemma of Ethiopia
(2:04:08), Bazu Worku (2:05:25), Mekuant Ayenew (2:09:00) and
Japan’s Suehiro Ishikawa (2:09:10).