NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Former Olympic bronze medalist Wilson Kipsang of
Kenya has clarified he will not be taking part in the Tokushima
Marathon on March 25.
Organizers of the
Tokushima Marathon had on Thursday indicated that Kipsang, 34,
was to compete in their marathon alongside other three Kenyans.
However, Kipsang has
since clarified that he will not be competing at the event, but
will appear at the starting line-up as a guest.
“Kipsang will only
appear at Tokushima as a guest and will not run,” Kipsang’s
Management team, Volare Sports said on Saturday.
Kipsang was forced
to pull out of the Tokyo marathon last month after complaining
of stomach pains after just 15km.
His appearance and
running in Tokushima would not have been a surprise because in
2017, he failed to finish the Berlin marathon, but still went on
to finish second at the New York marathon.
On his failure to
complete the course record in Tokyo, Kipsang said he was
“I really wanted to
go fast, but after suffering from stomach problems the last two
days before the race, I didn’t have the power to run a decent
race. I’m disappointed because I was really ready for it. I’m
speechless but I will be back,” he said.
organizers however confirmed that they will still invite elite
field which will include three Kenyan athletes.
Kipsang has a best
time of 2:03:13 and won the Tokyo Marathon in 2017. The
Tokushima Marathon course record of 2:15:25 was set in 2014 by