NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
World marathon record-holder Dennis Kimetto of
Kenya has announced that he has recovered from his injury and
will compete in the Honolulu Marathon on Dec 10.
Kimetto, 33, lined
up in the Chicago Marathon last month but was unable to finish
the 42.195km race due to injury.
seeing a doctor, Kimetto returned to Kenya for training and is
confident he will be up to the challange in a month’ s time to
wrest for the title.
“I am happy to be
running again. I have improved much and will be hoping to win in
Honolulu. Injury is part of sports and it’s good that it is
behind me now,” Kimetto said on Thursday from Eldoret.
The Honolulu field
also includes reigning champion and course record-holder
Lawrence Cherono and former champion Wilson Chebet.
Kimetto, the current
marathon world record holder in 2:02.57, had expressed fears
prior to Chicago’s race in October that he was not certain as to
how body would react after missing training for over three
“I am in training
and don’t want to put any demands on myself. It has been
frustrating and I tell you all that matters now is to get back
on the starting line-up and compete. How the body will take that
pressure is something I can’t tell right now,” he said.
The field also
includes 2016 champion and course record holder Lawrence Cherono
and 2014 champion Wilson Chebet, both from Kenya.
Cherono, who holds
the Honolulu Marathon course record of 2:09:38 in 2016, is also
optimistic about his prospects. He broke the previous record by
1 minute 34 seconds.
time was the third fastest winning time in a U.S. Marathon in
Marathon strives to have the best possible athletes in our race.
We have a storied tradition of great champions, including
Olympic champions and Major marathon winners. But this will be
the first time that the current world record holder in the
marathon will be on the starting line,” Jim Barahal, Honolulu
Marathon CEO, said in a statement.
Kimetto, 33, is the
marathon world record-holder from his 2014 Berlin triumph in
2:02:57. He also won at Chicago and Tokyo in 2013, capturing the
US race in 2:03:45.
chances are unclear this time around, after he failed to finish
two of his four marathon starts since 2014, including this
year’s Boston Marathon in April due to an injury.