NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
This year’s Nairobi Standard Chartered
International marathon scheduled for Oct. 28 expects to have
over 25,000 participants, organizers said Tuesday.
Dubbed as one of the
toughest marathons in the world, The Standard Chartered Bank
which organizes the event, are hopeful the race will continue
unearthing new talents to go on and conquer the world.
Among the top names
that have emerged from Nairobi to conquer big city marathon is
world marathon record holder Dennis Kimetto.
Last year, over
20,000 people took part in the marathon which witnessed former
champion Joshua Kipkorir, Ronny Kipkoech, who finished second at
Lagos City Marathon and the 2016 Los Angeles Marathon champion
“This year we are
targeting to raise 600,000 U.S. dollars for charity work. All
the proceeds from registration will be channeled to the ‘Seeing
is Believing’ initiative, which focuses on addressing avoidable
blindness among children below 15 years,” said Standard
Chartered Bank Kenya CEO, Lamin Manjang, on Tuesday.
Kenya has a rich
reservoir of marathon runners and it will take something special
from foreign legion to raffle the status quo.
The marathon has
helped the bank raise over 2.5 million dollars since its
inception in 2003. Among the programs funded so far include
screening of 6.2 million people, 170,000 surgical interventions,
training of over 2,000 health workers and upgrading of more than
10 health facilities around the country.
The organizers have
maintained last year’s route for the 2018 race which starts
within the Central Business District and snakes through the city
to enable participants, especially foreigners appreciate the
historic sites in the Kenyan capital.
However, some minor
changes will be made on the location of the race starting
Kenya’s 800m star Korir focuses
on Africa Championships
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Emmanuel Korir performance in London has
left many fans dreaming of how fast he can run, but the
23-year-old says this week’s African Championships in Asaba,
Nigeria, will be a major test.
The Kenyan excelled
at the London Diamond League a week ago clocking a time of
1:42:05 in the men’s 800m, which stands out as the fastest in
the world since 2012 and puts him sixth on the world all-time
list, a front-running exhibition reminiscent of David Rudisha’s
world record, Olympic gold medal-winning run on the same track
five years earlier.
“I accosted Nijel
Amos to see if he could run at the front to maybe like 600
meters, but he was telling me that he wasn’t feeling good,”
Amos had run 1:42:14
in Monaco in early July. “So I had to take a risk. I was feeling
like maybe I could lose the race, but I thought, ‘no, let’s try
it: I’m going to hold it’. And that is how it happened.”
Now his focus is on
the Africa championships, which starts on Wednesday in Asaba,
Nigeria. “Heats, semis and finals, it will not be easy,” says
Korir, pondering a rematch with Botswana’s Nijel Amos. “1:42 is
not satisfying. If I get some guys who are strong and can push
me all the way to the finish line, it will be crazy.” Korir won
the Kenyan title at the 400m distance.
Korir built a
reputation on the U.S. collegiate circuit, where he went on an
unbeaten run that lasted a year and included a world indoor best
of 1:14:47 over 600m, and indoor and outdoor NCAA titles. That
streak didn’t stop away from U.S. shores.
First he won the
Kenyan trials, beating the likes of 2016 IAAF Diamond League
champion Ferguson Rotich, to confirm his spot at the World
Championships. Then, on his IAAF Diamond League debut, he
destroyed a world-class field by more than a second in Monaco
sizzling to a 1:43.10, the fastest time of 2017.
But the rounds in
London proved to be too difficult. Although he won his heat, in
the next day’s semis he came in fourth.
season and World Championships campaign were wrecked. Talking
from massage table 11 months on from that ignominy, his feelings
couldn’t be more different. “Last year, when I was in London, I
was so disappointed. But right now? I think I like it,” Korir