NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Former New York Marathon champion Stanley Biwott
has shaken off a persistent hamstring injury and will be among
the elite runners gunning for the Chicago Marathon title on Oct.
Biwott, 31, was
forced to withdraw from London Marathon in April through injury
and has had four months to go through rehabilitation and is
optimistic he will have what it takes to claim the title in
Chicago next month.
injury is gone and now the focus is on winning in Chicago. It is
good they have given me an opportunity to test myself and I will
take it with passion to prove myself as one of the best athletes
in marathon,” he said on Thursday from Eldoret.
In 2016, Biwott
finished second at the London Marathon in a personal best of
That time makes him
one of fewer than 10 men to have run a sub-2:04 marathon on a
record-eligible course. In fact he is the seventh fastest man,
though that might change with the Berlin Marathon on Sunday.
“I had good plans
for 2017. I thought I had the injury under control but the
problem got worse. I pledged to return strong and here I am. Let
see what Chicago course can provide,” he said.
Fast time will be
part of his strategy but he ruled out going for the world
record, which now stands at 2:02.57 by compatriot Dennis Kimetto.