NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kipsang Kipkemboi of Kenya is confident he
will improve his bronze medal to gold when he returns for
the Seville Marathon on Sunday in Spain.
missed out on making the Kenya team to the Commonwealth
Games, wants to channel his frustration to winning in
Seville on his second attempt and improve on his personal
best time of 2:08:26, which he recorded last year in
“I had high
expectations for the Commonwealth Games, but the coaches
overlooked me. It is very hard to make Kenya team
especially if you have not won in big city marathon. This
will be my chance as I start my preparations for the World
Championships in 2019,” he said on Friday evening.
will run fast and win and then use it to go for other
be making his appearance alongside compatriot Douglas
Chebii, who was fourth in Seville last year and recorded
his personal best time of 2:12:32 in Istanbul last
There is also
Laban Kipkemboi Mutai, holder of the quickest time among
the entrants thanks to a 2:08:01 outing in 2012.
33-year-old will need to improve on his last appearance -
a 2:15:01 run in Cape Town - to be in the hunt for victory
will not count. On paper I am the fastest, but there are
dangers from all corners with each athlete keen to seize
the chance to win. I will trust my legs and try to put up
the pace and see who follows,” said Mutai.
Fikre Assefa, silver medallist from Kosice Marathon in
2:08:36 and Zinash Debebe will be joined by compatriot
Tubuja Megersa, who ran 59:53 for the half marathon in
Javier Guerra (2:09:33) and veteran Jesus Espana (2:11:58)
will charge for the Spanish honors.
On the women’s
side, Sechale Delasa is quickest with 2:26:27 from 2012.
Tejitu Siyum (2:33:21) and 2015 world youth 1500m champion
Bedatu Hirpa boost a strong Ethiopian line-up.
Josephine Jepkoech lines up with a 1:08:53 half marathon
to her name. It will be her first full marathon and she
hopes it will end up with a win.
“I have no
expectation, but believe the training I have undergone
will be enough to secure me a win or a podium spot,” said
Boulaid Kaoutar, who was runner-up a couple of years ago
and 2015 winner Filomena Costa of Portugal, will also
record belongs to Portugal’s Marisa Barros who ran 2:26:03
back in 2009.