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
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.
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.
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.
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.
years, the 2019 World Championship in Qatar will be in October
which is just two week short of the dates for the New York
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
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
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
“We are yet to see
what we can do concerning the world record,” added Koech.
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.
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,”
“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.
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.