NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Vincent Yator, who was injured in a road
accident which killed another runner Francis Kiplagat, will not
honor a call to compete at the Paris Half Marathon on March 4.
Though Yator has
been discharged from hospital, his mission to compete in the
Paris Half Marathon will have to wait as he recovers from home.
“Yator has been
discharged from the hospital and is recovering at home in care
of his family, friends and teammates. Good news and best wishes
from the entire team,” his management group Ikaika Sports said
Yator was listed as
the top athlete for the Paris Half Marathon coming in as the
winner of the 2015 edition, but will now have to watch from home
as compatriots Evans Cheruiyot, Eliud Kiptanui and John Koech
battle it out for the honors.
Yator, 28, was to be
one of the 45,000 runners on the start line of the most popular
half marathon in France.
“It is a pivotal
event of the early season and a key milestone in the build-up to
the main Paris Marathon in May,” said organizers in a statement.
Kenyans will look upon Cheruiyot, fourth in last year’s Karlovy
Half Marathon (1:00:59) to wrest the title accompanied by Eliud
Kiptanui (1:01:34) and John Koech (1:01.38).
Durand (1:03:43) in the 2010 Lille half marathon will have to
dig deep. In the women’s race Kenya will be led by Former Boston
Marathon champion Sharon Cherop.
The Kenyan recorded
her personal best in New Delhi in 2011 of 67:08 and will face
competition from fellow Kenyan Pauline Wanjiku (69:09) in Warsaw
in 2014 and runner-up in last year’s race.
There is also
Ethiopian Haklima Beriso, third in Paris in 2010.