By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Fancy Chemutai has confirmed she will not be fit to
compete at the Valencia Half marathon in Spain on Oct. 28.
Speaking from Eldoret, Chemutai said an ankle injury she
sustained in February on her way to winning the Ras Al Khaimah (RAK)
Half Marathon in United Arab Emirates (UAE), is healed but her
fitness is still under 50 per cent.
“I cannot run at the top level,” she said on Friday. “I still
need a month to get back to top form and then we will see which
race to take part in. My management had entered me in the
Valencia Half marathon, but I have to say I will not be
Chemutai failed to honor Kenya team call to the World Half
Marathon in March over the injury and has remained out of
“I have missed my program because the injury delayed to heal,”
she added. “But I have started training and can run about 10km.
But soon I will be at my peak form again and I want to go back
to Valencia in 2019 and try to break the world record.”
Indeed compatriot Joyciline Jepkosgei took one second off her
own world record, which she had set in Prague, the Czech
Republic in April 2017, to win the in Valencia clocking 64:51.
In UAE, Chemutai, 23, clocked 64.52 to miss the record by one
“The injury has put a big challenge in my path and I have to
overcome it. I am returning to full training and still hungry to
win more titles,” she added.
In her absence in Valencia, Kenya team will be led by Mary
Wacera, who is also returning from injury together with Lucy
Cheruiyot while Dorcas Tuitoek will be making her debut in the
distance. Ethiopia’s challenge will come from Gelete Burka.
In the men’s category, defending champion Kenyan-born Abraham
Cheroben of Bahrain will battle it out with other 30 elite
athletes, with at least 14 having run in less than an hour.
Cheroben is aiming to retain the crown he won last year in
Among the elite field is a host of Kenyans led by two times
Family Bank Half Marathon champion Jorum Okombo Lumbasi (58:48),
Solomon Kirwa Yego (58:44), Mangata Ndiwa (59:09), Abraham
Kiptum (59:09) and Josphat Boit (59:19) the pace maker, who
guided Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge to break the
world marathon record in Berlin.