KAMPALA, (Xinhua) --
The 2012 Olympic gold medalist
Stephen Kiprotich has vowed to impress at the Fukuoka
Marathon that takes place on Dec. 3.
trained really hard and my body has been responding
well. I have always performed well in Japan and this
time round I see another excellent run,” Kiprotich told
Xinhua before he traveled on Tuesday night.
star said after missing two big races this year after
the death of his mother and local manager, he is now
well tuned to compete.
“It has been
a very tough year after the death of people close to me.
But I hope to finish the season in style,” added
Otuchet, President of the Uganda Athletics Federation,
said the Fukouka Marathon will help the 2012 world
champion prepare better for the Commonwealth Games to
take place in April in Australia.
will face stiff competition from Kenya’s Lani Rutto, who
is one of the runners with the fastest time in the
Fukuoka marathon elite runners’ list.
competitive field will also include Amanuel Mesel of
Eritrea, Norway’s Sondre Moen, Kenya’s in-form Bidan
Karoki and defending champion Yemane Tsegaye from
Ethiopia who is also the London marathon bronze medalist.