NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
World Half Marathon silver medalist
Bedan Karoki from Kenya said here Friday that he will be ready
for the Tokyo Marathon 2019 on March 3.
will be returning to the full 42km contest after failing to
finish the Fukuoka Marathon at the start of December.
"I have recovered from the injury that saw me drop out of
Fukuoka Marathon last month.
"I have raced in a 10km race to gauge my body and it has
responded positively," said Karoki.
The Kenyan said he risks missing the World Championships if
he fails to return to the winner’s podium in the marathon.
"I have been lucky to compete in the last three World
Championships in Moscow, Beijing and London.
"Although I was not lucky to win a medal in the 10,000m, it
was a great experience," said Karoki.
"I now focus on the marathon and the next stop is in Tokyo."
Kenya is yet to name its team to the World Marathon
Championships in Doha, Qatar and Karoki, whose most recent
finish in marathon was in Chicago in October, clocking 2:07:59
in ninth place, will be keen to cover the loss and win in Tokyo.
"I am preparing for the Tokyo Marathon and as part of my
preparations, I intend to run a few short races on the road," he
However, the former London marathon bronze medalist said he
is done with cross country and ruled himself out of the World
Cross Country Championships in Denmark in March.
Last week, Karoki won the inaugural Nyahururu 10km road in
28:23, ahead of Emmanuel Bett 28:24 and Amos Kirui 28:53.
The runners enjoyed a fairly flat course and strong back wind
which could be credited for the fast times recorded.
Kenya won the last World Marathon Championships in London
through Geoffrey Kirui and has a hard task to select the best
three men and women to lead its quest to defend the title in
Doha in 2019.
Kenya Edna veteran
marathoner Kiplagat eyes fifth World Championships
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Two-time world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat
said Friday that she will throw her hat in the ring competing at
her fifth World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
Kiplagat, who will be 40 at the 2019 World Championships,
said she is still keen to clinch her third world title and also
win the master race for athletes over 40 years old.
The fourth finisher at the Berlin Marathon in September,
Kiplagat wants to improve on the silver medal she won in London
in 2017 edition.
She made her debut at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu,
Republic of Korea winning gold and retained her title in Moscow
Kiplagat, however, was beaten to fifth place in Beijing in
2015 before securing silver in London.
"I love the World Championships because it lacks the pace
"It is an open race.
"I have won two times and if I am given an opportunity to
represent my country, it will be honor I cannot turn down.
"It will offer me a chance to go for my third gold," she said
Kiplagat believes she still has more to offer despite her
She was ninth at the Boston Marathon clocking 2:47:14 before
settling for fourth spot in Berlin.
Kiplagat, who trains under her husband Gilbert Koech, said
working together as a family gives her extra motivation and has
urged young athletes to also take their families seriously if
they want to succeed in their careers.