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Kenya’s Ruto takes on Kiptoo in battle for Beirut Marathon crown

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 Lebanese capital.

“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 on Wednesday.

“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.”

Since turning 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.

             

 

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