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Kenya’s Kimetto still eyes win on his return to marathon

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s world marathon record holder Dennis Kimetto is not throwing in the towel on his return to winning marathon despite another failed attempt in Vienna, Austria on Sunday.

Kimetto, who set a 2:02.57 world marathon record time back in 2014 in Berlin, faced myriad injuries which forced him to either fail to finish races or not to compete at all.

His last two marathon finishes were in London in 2015 where he was second and in 2016 where he ended up ninth.

The 34-year old Kenyan, was hoping to rekindle his career in Vienna after a series of injury frustrations but that was never to be.

He suffered yet another ankle injury and was painfully hobbling at the 30km mark and had to pull out all together.

“I was in great shape and my body was feeling okay when I started the race,” Kimetto told the IAAF on Tuesday.

“Things started falling apart after the halfway mark when the calf injury recurred.”

Now Kimetto said he will return to his training camp in Kaptagat for treatment before making another comeback.

Meanwhile, Ethiopia Buze Diriba headlines the elite field for New York Healthy Kidney 10km on April 29. The woman who was fourth in the Houston half in 66:50 is joined by American Laura Thweatt, plus Kenya’s Monicah Ngige (31:55), Ethiopia’s Aselefech Mergia and American Lindsey Scherf (32:33).

           

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