NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Dominic Kipngetich Ruto will be the man
to beat as he lines up at the Beirut Marathon on Nov. 12.
The 27-year-old Ruto
is amongst the fastest in the elite field and earlier this year,
he recorded a new personal best time of 2:09:08 at the Rome
Marathon knocking 20 seconds off his previous best.
But he will face
stiff challenge from defending champion Edwin Kiptoo in the
“My training for the
Beirut marathon has been quite good so far,” said Ruto. “I
skipped a race in China in September but I got a tendon injury
and I had to reschedule my plans. Recent workouts have gone well
giving me a feeling that I can try to be competitive,” Ruto said
“I don’t know much
about Beirut but marathon is an adventure. I only hope to have
my body responding well on that day and, of course, I will try
my best. I am not really after any final time but I hope to
competitive enough to finish on the podium.”
professional, Ruto has trained in a group alongside such
marathon stalwarts as Amos Kipruto who has a 2:05:43 personal
best; Dickson Chumba a former winner of both the Tokyo and
Chicago Marathons and who boasts a personal best of 2:04:32; and
Evans Chebet, who’s clocked 2:05:31, among others.
Their sessions are
planned and overseen by famed Italian coach Claudio Berardelli.
All managed by agent Gianni DeMadonna.
Earnings from Beirut
would be turned into his home and could come at a particularly
useful time. He is getting married in December.
“I don’t know much
about the Beirut marathon,” he says. “I think it is not really a
fast course but I heard it is getting bigger and bigger. I
believe winning Beirut marathon might give me a good exposure
for my future races.”
This year’s course
changes have made the chance for faster times possible. Indeed,
the event record of 2:11:04 set in 2015 by fellow Kenyan Jackson
Limo would earn a further 3,000 U.S. dollars in addition to the
winner’s purse of 10,000 dollars.