NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Former
Chicago marathon champion Florence Kiplagat of Kenya has recovered from
exhaustion, which saw her failure in defense of the title in the United States,
and is ready to return to action.
Eldoret on Wednesday, Kiplagat said she has recovered from muscular crump that
saw her forfeit the title in Chicago and is ready or the next race, which will
be the Tata Steel Kolkata 25 km race on Dec.17 in India.
for the race will be distance running legend Kenenisa Bekele. Kiplagat will
headline the women’s field.
recovered. My body didn’t respond well in Chicago and have had enough time to
rest. I have started training again and hopefully, will be in perfect form ahead
of the race in India,” she said.
also a former world champion on multiple races having won at the 2009 IAAF World
Cross Country Championships in Jordan and the 2010 IAAF World Half Marathon
Championships and she is a former half marathon world record holder.
course record and Indian national 25km record is 1:27:31 set by Sudha Singh in
2015, a time which should be well within Kiplagat’s capabilities as she can
boast of a personal best over the distance of 1:22:17, set during the Chicago
Marathon last month.
“I want to
run faster time. It will help in guiding me through the remainder of the season
and the plans for 2018,” she said.
will be the first race ever in India for Bekele, a three-time Olympic gold
medalist and 18-time world champion on the track and cross country.
his work cut with target being to challenge the world record of 1:11:18, set in
2012 by Kenya’ s Dennis Kimetto, the reigning world marathon record holder
first visit to India a few years ago, as an ambassador for the Airtel Delhi Half
Marathon, I have always been wanting to there,” Bekele said.
seems to be the perfect opportunity: the route is historic, the weather expected
to be cool and I am hoping to set a new course record, at the very least. I look
forward to running in Kolkata and hope my presence motivates people to come and
runner of Bekele’ s caliber and pedigree will be setting his sights higher and
no doubt aware that the Asian all-comers record is 1:12:46 while the Ethiopian
national record and former 25km world record is 1:11:37, held by the equally
legendary Haile Gebrselassie.