(Xinhua) -- Boston marathon champion Edna Kiplagat
believes age will not be a deterrence to her when she lines up to defend
her title in April on return to USA.
At 38, Kiplagat is edging closer to
the cliff of marathon running, but she has refused to throw in the towel
saying she still feels strong and is keen to retain the title in Boston
and boost her chance of winning the fourth World Marathon Majors (WMM)
having been crowned this year’s winner with 41 points. The WMM trophy
comes with US Dollars 500,000 to bout.
Kiplagat has since cut short her
holidays and has started light training in readiness for the Boston
marathon in April. She said she will run two short races in February and
March to gauge herself. However, she ruled out competing in cross
“I am taking easy cross country
training in readiness for the next season. Holidays are almost over
and there is a lot of activities that I need to do to have the right
form,” she said on Thursday in Eldoret.
After winning in Boston in April,
Kiplagat returned to the World Championships for the fourth time and
secured the silver medal for Kenya. She is the second athlete in history
to win two gold medals and a silver at the championships. She recently
closed the 2017 race season with a strong fourth-place finish at the New
York City Marathon.
“I am so happy to accept the
invitation to return to Boston next year as the defending champion
of this historic race,” said Kiplagat. “After racing all around the
world, it was so special for me to run on Boston’s historic course
and experience the Boston traditions with my family. I look forward
to the challenge next April racing against the world’s best
On Tuesday, Kiplagat was confirmed as
winner of the World Marathon Majors series 10. The announcement follows
the completion of the investigation process for Jemima Sumgong, who has
been banned for four years after testing positive for EPO. Kiplagat
scored 41 points, boosted by her win in the Boston Marathon last spring.