NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat is ready to throw everything to get the marathon medal
she covets in Rio Olympic Games.
The 35-year-old has just returned to training after two
months sabbatical leave.
She will seek to dust off her rust on Saturday as she
competes at the Kenya Police Cross Country Championships in
Nairobi, before heading to Europe for one more road race.
"My mind is focused on the Olympics and that is why I did not
compete in New York or Chicago.
"I wanted to rest.
"But I have to train harder to make the team and I know
running at the London Marathon in April will not be easy.
"It is there that the Kenya team will be selected," she said
Friday from Eldoret.
Kiplagat, the former two time World marathon champion is also
frustrated by the organizers of the World Marathon Majors (WMM)
who have not honoured her with 1 million U.S. dollars as prize
money for the event after her rivals who beat her to the heist,
Russia’s Liliya Shobukhova and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya were banned
for doping in the last past seasons.
Shobukhova beat Kiplagat to scoop the 500,000 dollars series
jackpot in 2010/2011, and the Kenyan runner finished second in
the rankings to compatriot Rita Jeptoo in 2013/2014.
"I am not getting younger and this would have done me a great
"That is why I have stopped everything to focus on the
"The money is good, but they have not awarded me the same
since," she said.
In the wake of her failed attempt to make it three world
championships gold in a row, as she came fifth in Beijing in
August, Kiplagat has immersed herself in training and is certain
to emerge stronger to contest the gold medal in Rio.
Kiplagat has no automatic ticket to Rio and must fight for
her slot against Berlin Marathon champion Gladys Cherono,
Chicago winner Florence Kiplagat, New York winner Mary Keitany
among others in London in April.
It illustrates the strength in depth of the African nation on
the roads, as well as track, and it could be a precursor for
what promises to be an intense battle to merely earn be selected
for the Olympic Games.
"It’s difficult to get that chance to compete for Kenya at
"But it is a challenge worth taking.
"My plan is to be to run a good marathon because it’s so
difficult in Kenya to get selected," Kiplagat admitted.
In 2012 Olympic Games, Kiplagat finished a disappointing 20th
coming in between her two world championships wins.
Asbel Kiprop dreams to
hold both world and Olympic gold in 1,500m race
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
World 1,500m champion Asbel Kiprop of Kenya says
it will be an honor for him to hold both the world and Olympic
title in 2016.
Kiprop, who lost out to compatriot Julius Yego, the world
javelin champion, in Kenya’s sports awards in Nairobi on Friday,
said his rival did well and it was right to honor him.
"But it has aroused the hunger in me to win the award and I
will use the Olympics to convince the selectors to pick me for
the 2016 awards," he said Saturday in Nairobi.
Kiprop, 27, missed the world record in the four lap race by a
fraction of second in Monaco and said he is concerned with
winning gold in Rio than breaking the world record.
"It is an Olympic year and I have to be fresh to challenge
for the main title. But I will see which races to compete in
during the Diamond League and hopeful test my body. Going for
the world record is not on my agenda at the moment," he said.
Kiprop was among a battery of athletes that competed in the
Kenya Police Cross Country Championships in Nairobi on Saturday.
He said he is keen to use the event to test his endurance.
"I have no intentions of competing at the Africa Cross
Country Championships in Yaounde, Cameroon in March. My interest
is just to help me gauge my preparedness as I wait for the start
of the track season," he added.
Kiprop won gold in Beijing Olympics, but had to wait for
almost a year for him to be crowned, after winner Rasgid Ramzi
of Bahrain was found to have doped.
"I want to win the gold in the real competition, not in some
functions," he said.
Kiprop was injured as he competed in the finals at the London
Olympics in 2012 and was last in the race many expected him to
But he hopes to atone for that missed chance in Rio as he
enjoys his best form so far in the career.