NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s John Kosgei Korir will be keen to step
out of his brother’s shadow when he lines up at the Toronto
Marathon on October 21.
Kosgei is the
younger brother of former Boston Marathon champion Wesley Korir,
and he is out to make his own way in the marathon.
Toronto will be his
second marathon after his debut in Ottawa saw him claim the
silver medal behind Ethiopia’s Yemane Tsegay, in the process
registering a personal best time of 2:09:14.
“My goal in Toronto
is to use my experience in Ottawa and be able to win it and, if
weather permits, run a fast time,” Korir said in Nairobi on
In order to deflect
attention from his elder brother, Korir has adopted the name
Kosgei and would like to be known by it as he builds his
Despite wishing to
step out of his shadow, Kosgei acknowledges that his successful
start is largely down to his brother’s counsel.
“The advice Wesley
gave me before the race was when you start feeling pain, know
that everyone else is feeling the same pain,” said Kosgei. “Just
know that the person who wins the race is the one who fights the
pain the most.”
22-year-old Kosgei will be up against defending champion
Philemon Rono, who is attempting to win his third consecutive
victory in Canada’s largest city.
“I do wish to
represent my country in the Olympics one day,” said Kosgei. “I
am still young and I am just getting started in my running
career. And I wish to continue the legacy of my brother by
helping others through my running.”
Until his marathon
debut, very few knew of the younger Korir’s ability. He
accompanied Wesley to Louisville, Kentucky where the two trained
together under the watchful eye of coach Ron Mann.
That was the younger
brother’s first trip outside Kenya. The rest is history.