It has been a great pleasure for me in
marathon career. My story has been a success and it will be
great pleasure to run in Berlin against some of the
international elite runners," she said.
She was second again in the English capital in 2013 and then
added a second straight world title with gold in Moscow that
Her first win in London came in third in 2014.
She went to Tokyo and claimed silver and later in 2016 she
was second at the Chicago marathon.
Last year, she won in Boston to be crowned the WMM champion.
Now the only piece missing in her jigsaw is a medal from
Berlin to clear all the six WMM races.
"I have done five major races in WMM.
"I started in New York in 2010 and it was victory for me.
"It is my dream to run the six majors and the only race I
have not gone to is in Berlin and hopefully, I will do it and
win before I retire," said Kiplagat.
If conditions are favorable in Berlin, Dibaba has said she
will attack the world record, set by Britain’s Paula Radcliffe
in 2002 with 2:15:25 in London.
But she must also be wary of the challenge Kiplagat and
Cherono pose to her quest.
"I want to retain my title and I have done well in training.
"There are no injury concerns and I look forward to a good
race in Berlin," said Cherono.
Berlin marks the start of Series 12 of WMM which will finish
a year from now.
In the men race, Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge returns to
defend his title against the former world record holder Wilson
Focus will be on the two trying to break compatriot Dennis
Kimetto’s 2:02.27 world record time set in 2014.
Kipchoge will be attacking his personal best of 2:03:05 which
is just eight seconds slower.
Others in the field are Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese, Kenyans
Eliud Kiptanui and Amos Kipruto, Ethiopian Abera Kuma and
Japan’s Arata Fujiwara.
Champion Gladys Cherono
pledges to retain her Berlin marathon title
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Berlin marathon champion Gladys Cherono says she
will take no prisoners as she schemes her title defense on
It will be her third shot at the Berlin marathon, a race she
has won twice in her debut in 2015 and in 2017.
Last year Cherono won in 2:20:23, ahead of Ethiopia’s Ruti
Aga who crossed the line in 2:20:41 while another Kenyan Valary
Jemeli was in third place after clocking 2:20:53.
"I am ready for my title defense and anyone coming up against
me must be prepared for a rough ride," warned Cherono Wednesday
"There have been rain challenges in Eldoret as I trained, but
I am happy that I have gone through the program and I am ready
for the race on Sunday."
Cherono faces a strong field which includes Chicago marathon
champion Tirunesh Dibaba and two time world marathon champion
Edna Kiplagat. However, that has not left the defending champion
with sleepless nights.
"It will not be my first time to fight against Dibaba or
Kiplagat," she said.
Indeed during the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Cherono
had to finish second in the 10,000m race in which Dibaba won.
But that does not mean she is ready to throw in the towel
"It is not about past records," she added.
"Marathon is a different competition and it will require
everyone to be at their best form to prevail.
"I look upon my own strength and seek to draw my best
performance on what my legs can do and not what others have."
In 2015, Cherono in her debut Berlin Marathon managed to run
her personal best of 2:19:25. She skipped 2016 season with
hamstring injury but returned to win Berlin in 2017.
"We all know that Berlin has a very fast course. Mary Keitany
raised the bar when she run 2:17 minutes in London and now we
all have to run faster.
"I look forward to run my personal best.
"The team is strong but I will run my race and my target is
to win my third Berlin title," said Cherono.
Cherono’s coach and husband Joseph Bwambok is expecting a
good result from her as she defends her Berlin Marathon title on
"Cherono is strong and in good shape this year compared to
"I’m happy she was able to finish her program well without an
injury and we are expecting good results," the coach said.
Dibaba, the third fastest woman in marathon after Paula
Radcliffe ad Keitany, holds a personal best time of 2:17.56 and
is the favorite.
Others in the race are Kiplagat, Ethiopians Yebrugal Melese,
Ruti Aga and Aselefech Mergia.
Pacesetters plot world
record run as champs focus on
Kenyan Noah Kiptoo Kipchoge in Berlin marathon
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Long distance runners Noah Kiptoo Kiprotich and
Sammy Kitwara hold the key to breaking of the world record at
the Berlin marathon on Sunday.
While the two are likely not to finish the race in their
roles as pacesetters for their clients New York Marathon silver
medalist Wilson Kipsang and Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge
cannot be overlooked.
Both Kipsang and Kipchoge will make attempts to break the
2:02:57 world record set by Kenyan Dennis Kimetto on the same
course back in 2014.
Speaking in Nairobi Wednesday prior to their departure to
Berlin, Kiprotich, 29, said his work is to run up to 31km and
leave his elder brother Kipsang to carry on.
"I will be looking forward to a good race where I want to
help my brother lower the course record, which is the world
"We have been hunting it for some time now," said Kiprotich.
On the other hand, Kitwara, 32, who will pace-run Kipchoge
says they have gone through all the requirements and he is
focused on doing his job.
He also believes despite the high pace he will run in the
first 35 kilometers, he dreams of finishing the race.
"The work is simple, lead Kipchoge up to the 35km mark.
"Kipchoge has clear target, he is going for the world record,
but remember he will not be running against the clock alone, but
a very tough field which includes Kipsang and Eritrea’s Zersenay
"They are strong runners, whom I have competed against
"It will be a tough race.
"Eliud is going there to run for a world record.
"Forget anything else said, if the conditions are good, the
world record is coming down," said Kitwara.
Kipsang held the world record for one year when he broke it
in 2013 clocking an impressive 2:03:23 to eclipse the 2:03:38,
which had been posted by compatriot Patrick Makau.
It was the only race that Eliud Kipchoge has ever lost since
he turned to marathon in 2013.
Kipchoge finished second.
However, Kimetto improved the mark to become the first man to
run under two hours and three minutes.
He clocked the current mark of 2:02:57 in 2014, which has
remained in force till today.
Last year, Kipchoge attempted to break the record on his
third time running in Berlin but poor weather, rainy and windy
conditions prevented him.
He clocked 2:03:32.
"Kipchoge would have broken it last year because I was the
one who paced him.
"The conditions were too hostile - it was too rainy and
"We hope for the best this time. We have planned to pass the
halfway mark at by 61:15 to 61:20 minutes.
"He is hoping to run a world record of 2:02:40 or
thereabouts," he said.
On the other hand, Kipsang has predicted the record will be
lowered down to 2:02:50.
Since his debut in the event in Hamburg in 2013, Kipchoge has
won every marathon from Chicago (2014), Berlin (2015 and 2017)
London (2015, 2016 and 2018) and Rio Olympic marathon.
His current personal best time is 2:03:05, which he set when
winning London race in 2016.
Berlin marathon bronze
medalist leads Kenya charge at Beijing marathon
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Former Barcelona marathon champion Valarie Jemeli
says she is ready to rekindle her career when she faces
international competition at Sunday’s Beijing marathon in China.
Jameli, who has not raced since finishing second at the
Nagoya marathon in March where she clocking 2:22:48 behind
Ethiopian Meskerem Assefa (2:21.45) is hopeful to eclipse the
women’s course record in the Chinese capital on Sept. 16.
"I have tested my speed and am happy with it.
"|I competed in the 10km Safaricom road race in Iten and won.
"My training has gone on very well and as I focus on Beijing,
I hope to do well and win the title," Jemeli said Tuesday in
Jemeli, who is also the Berlin marathon bronze medalist, is
leaving nothing to chance as she prepares for her biggest race
this year in Beijing.
"It was important to see how my body reacts under competition
"My preparations for Beijing marathon are complete without
any injury scare and I know I have the strength to fight off any
challenger and win the title," she told Xinhua.
It will be Jemeli’s first attempt to win the Beijing
Last year, she skipped the tour to China to attempt fast time
at the Berlin marathon, but was forced to settle for bronze
Jemeli will however have to face off against defending
champion Meselech Beyene of Ethiopia. Beyene, who has won two
marathons in China, is returning to defend her title.
"I didn’t expect to win last year," Beyene said last year
when she won the race, her first at the Chinese capital.
"I thank all the supporters because the atmosphere was so
good, so amazing.
"I hope I can come back next year."
However, for Jemeli, the long term goal is to win and
increase her chances of making the Kenya team to the World
Championships in Doha, Qatar in 2019.
"It is always hard to make the Kenya team. I have the
opportunity to win in Beijing and increase my chances.
"It is not down to me, but when I do well in China, it will
boost my ranking and hope the coaches will give the chance to
run for the country," she added.
The Beijing marathon has received the IAAF Gold Label Road
Race award, and is one of three marathons in China to receive
the distinction with the others being Xiamen and Shanghai