By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
World marathon record holder Dennis
Kimetto of Kenya is hopeful his injuries problems are finally
behind him as he plans to redeem his career with a comeback at
the Boston marathon in April 16.
Kimetto, 34, was
forced to pull out of Chicago and Boston marathons last year
citing injuries and poor form, but the Kenyan runner is ready to
put his body on the line again pushing it to run faster time.
“I will be back. I
have to take it slowly and see how the body reacts. I have not
been running and I need to see how it will react to top
competition,” he said on Tuesday from Eldoret.
The world marathon
record-holder (2:02:57) has watched as several packs of top
marathoners have tried to shatter his record without success.
Last year, he warned
that his record will only go down after proper planning and
watched as trio of Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele, Eliud Kipchoge
and Wilson Kipsang failed to lower it in Berlin.
But that will not be
on his mind in Boston as he seeks to return to competition and
dominate the marathon once again.
“There is that
feeling of doubt you always have asking yourself if you will
ever be able to run at the top level. But it is a mental
challenge and I feel very strong now. I am in good shape now
because I have had good training for some time without any
injuries. I will make a comeback in Boston,” added Kimetto.
champion Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia, 2016 Boston winner Lemi
Berhanu of Ethiopia, Kenyans Evans Kiplagat Chebet, Felix
Kipchirchir Kandie, Philemon Rono Cherop and Stephen Sambu are
expected to run in Boston.