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.
Also going for the
race will be distance running legend Kenenisa Bekele. Kiplagat
will headline the women’s field.
“I have 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.
Kiplagat is 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.
The women’s 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.
However, it 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
Bekele has 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 (2:02.57).
“After my first
visit to India a few years ago, as an ambassador for the Airtel
Delhi Half Marathon, I have always been wanting to there,”
“The TSK25K 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 run.”
However, a 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.