Nairobi (Xinhua) --
Former world marathon silver medalist Vincent
Kipruto will lead Kenya’s charge at the Xiamen International
Marathon in China on Jan. 6.
2018, which saw the Kenyan compete in three marathons and fail
to win any, Kipruto will be inspired as he seeks to start the
year on a winning note and break the Ethiopian dominance in the
Eldoret, Kipruto said he was disappointed not being able to
finish the Fukuoka Marathon early in December, but feels he has
recovered and will make an attempt to win the Xiamen Marathon,
though he is aware of the strong challenge the Ethiopians will
“I have recovered
and focused on running top race. I believe I am strong enough to
challenge for the medals. I have no intentions of competing at
the World Championships later in 2019, but I want to give this
race, my best effort.
dominated the race and it is time, Kenya takes over and brings
home the medals,” he said.
of the Xiamen Marathon Dejene Debela of Ethiopia is expected to
return to defend his title. Debele, 23, has showed great talent
competing in three marathons in 2018 and winning two, both in
China. He won the Xiamen Marathon clocking 2:11:22 and in August
he returned to win the Beijing Marathon clocking 2:12:08.
However, he was a distant seventh at the Rome marathon in April.
expected in the race is Vincent Yator.
International Marathon is an annual marathon race held in
January in the coastal city of Xiamen in Fujian province of
China. Every January, the first medal of marathon race around
the world is awarded here.