By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua)
-- Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei
will be taking no prisoners as she seeks to improve on
her world record time when she competes at the RAK Half
Marathon and World Half Marathon.
confirmed on Friday that she will have no choice but to
miss out on the Commonwealth Games set for Gold Coast,
Australia (April 4-15) as she has opted to take part in
the World Half Marathon, which will be staged in
Valencia (April 24).
Commonwealth Games are important to Kenyans, but I will
skip it for the World Half Marathon. It is good for my
progression as a rod racer,” she said.
24, speaking in Nairobi after competing at the Kenya
Defense Forces Championships, said she is eyeing to
regain the fitness that saw her break the world half
marathon record twice in span of six months last year in
Prague and Valencia.
trained last year and am careful in selecting, which
races to compete in as I plan to take part in the World
Half Marathon in Valencia in March,” she said in
will be going to United Arab Emirates for the RAK Half
Marathon set for Feb. 9.
Jepkosgei had to endure some difficulty in competition
in Dubai where she picked up a minor soft tissue injury
in her foot after winning the RAK Half Marathon.
ran the Kenyan cross-country national championships a
week later and finished in position 17th.
Friday she was forced to watch as compatriot Helen Obiri
sprinted to the finish line leaving her gasping for
breath. Obiri won in 33 minutes and 32.6 seconds with
Jepkosgei taking second spot in 33:38.4.
never going to happen. We were side by side in the final
lap and I tried to charge in the last four kilometers
but Obiri kept on pushing. She had a good sprint and
utilized it well in the last lap,” said Jepkosgei.
the loss, Jepkosgei took a lot of positives from it
saying she used it as warm up ahead of the RAK Half
Marathon on Feb. 9 and World Half Marathon in Valencia,
Span on March 24.