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Kenyans Leonard Kipkoech Langat and Magdalyne
Yeko Masai win Hefei International Marathon 

HEFEI (Xinhua) -- Leonard Kipkoech Langat and Magdalyne Yeko Masai, both of Kenya, staged stunning performances to win their men’s and women’s titles respectively at the 2018 Hefei International Marathon on Sunday.

In a close race, Langat finished in 2:10:48, beating his compatriot Hillary Kipkoech Bet and Ethiopian Lencho Tesfaye Anbesa by 50 and 57 seconds.

Bao Yu became the first Chinese to cross the line, ranking seventh.

“It’s my first time to run in Hefei. It’s a beautiful city and the weather is perfect for running. I’ll come back again,” said Bao.

Masai won the women’s title in a time of 2:28:20.

About 30,000 participants, at home and abroad, ran around Chaohu Lake, one of China’s five biggest fresh water lakes, in Hefei, capital of east China’s Anhui Province.

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Quest for world record, Olympics inspires New York champ Keitany

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- New York Marathon champion Mary Keitany says the world championships in Doha, Qatar and the Tokyo Olympics will remain in her plans.

Speaking in Nairobi on return from New York, Keitany said she is keen to add the Olympic title to her collection after she finished fourth at the 2012 London games.

However, she confirmed that competing at the world championships remains an option she is willing to consider in 2019.

Keitany will discuss with her manager about whether she will be running in the Middle East at the Worlds or if she will defend her New York title that she has won four times.

Her time of 2:22:48 was the second fastest ever run in New York.

“For now, I wish to take some time off to relax and celebrate with my family as I wait for my manager to come over the next 10 days,” Keitany said on Friday in Nairobi.

Unlike previous years, the 2019 World Championship in Qatar will be in October which is just two week short of the dates for the New York Marathon.

Keitany, who holds the world record in a women-only marathon at 2:17:01, said she is familiar with the New York course and it looks similar to that she uses to train in Iten.

“For sure I have been accustomed to the New York course which is similar to where we train here in Kenya. Furthermore, I have been there since 2010 thus I can say I have vast experience on the course,” she added.

Charles Koech, Keitany’s husband and coach, said they still hope the 36-year-old still has the strength to challenge the all-time world record of 2:15:25 set by Britain’s Paula Radcliffe in 2003.

Keitany made an attempt to go for the record in London in April but paid the price for pushing so fast to finish fourth.

Now Koech says after her rest, Keitany will be ready to think of a new strategy to conquer the world record.

“There is nothing left to inspire her apart from the Olympics and the World record,” said Koech. “We will try it again using male pacesetters but I have no idea when and which city that will be done.

“We are yet to see what we can do concerning the world record,” added Koech.

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Kenya’s Cherono eyes Tokyo, Boston Marathon to boost Olympic hopes

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono, who won the recent Amsterdam Marathon in 2:04:50, says he wants to run either the Boston or Tokyo Marathon next year.

“My manager will work on it. He knows my intention and hopefully, he will get me a slot to run in either of the two cities,” said Cherono in Nairobi on Friday.

In September, Cherono clocked 2:04:05 to erase his previous mark of 2:05:08 set last year in defense of his Amsterdam Marathon.

In April in his first major city marathon, Cherono was relegated to seventh timed at 2:09:25 in London Marathon in a race won by Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge, who has since gone on to win Berlin in a world record time of 2:01:39.

“I learnt a lot in running against big names in London and I want to test that in another big city race in Tokyo or Boston. If I get an invite, I will give it a try and compete against the best in the world,” added Cherono.

“I’m ready to face the best if given the opportunity and I hope I will compete against them next year.”

In August he warmed up to Amsterdam race with third place finish at the Buenos Aires Half Marathon clocking 61:58.

However, competing in Olympics is what inspires his running as he aims to win Kenya a medal on the global stage.

Cherono has also competed at the Rotterdam Marathon in 2017 where he was second clocking 2:06:21. He also has silver medals from Hong Kong Marathon and Hengshui Lake Marathon (2:11:14).

In 2015 he was seventh at the Shanghai Marathon and second in Lanzhou Marathon both in China. He also won in Seville, Spain clocking 2:09:39.

             

 

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