NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Ezekiel Chebii said he is keen to
defend his title in the Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon on
March 4 in Japan after missing out on the World Half
holds a personal best time of 2:06:07, will face a
line-up including Switzerland’s Tadesse Abraham (2:06:40),
Ethiopia’s Abera Kuma (2:05:56) and Italy’s European
marathon champion Daniele Meucci (2:10:56).
Chebii led compatriot Vincent Kipruto to a 1-2 finish in
the men’s race edging out Ugandan Solomon Mutai to third
place timed at 2:09:59.
“I was hoping
to run under two hours and six minutes but the last half
of the race was quite difficult with wind. Hopefully this
year it will present better weather and fast pace setters
because I intend to run fast time,” Chebii said on
domestic runners in the field include Satoru Sasaki
(2:08:56), Takuya Noguchi (2:08:59) and Takuya Fukatsu
(2:09:31) while New Zealand’s Jake Robertson will make his
Rotterdam, Ethiopians Getu Feleke (2:04:50) and Mule
Wasihun (2:05:39) are the fastest runners on paper for the
Dutch Port city Marathon on April 8.
also includes five more runners with sub-2:07 best times
including Kenyans Laban Korir (2:06:05), Marius Kipserem
(2:06:11), Festus Talam (2:06:13), Felix Kirwa (2:06:13)
and Ethiopia’s Kelkile Gezahegh (2:06:56).