NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei has shaken off the bruises
she picked up when she took a tumble and fell to the ground
injuring her knee at the Bogota Half Marathon in Colombia in
June. She lines up at the Chicago Marathon on Oct 7 to try and
improve her silver medal to gold.
“I have been in good
form since last year. I hope [it will] continue in my return to
Chicago, where a win will be good for my career,” said Kosgei on
Friday in Nairobi. “The world championships are not up to me,
but the selectors will have a chance to review my performances
and make their decision. That is why I need to run well in
Chicago,” she added.
Last year, Kosgei
ran spectacularly in Chicago finishing second to Tirunesh Dibaba,
arguably one of the greatest runners in history.
En route to her
second place finish in Chicago, she smashed her then personal
best, running 2:20:22. Nine weeks later, she won the Honolulu
Marathon in 2:22:15, breaking the course record by five minutes.
This year, she
started out an unknown in London and timed her strides well to
finish second to Vivian Cheruiyot at the London marathon,
improving her personal best time to 2:20:13.
Abel Kirui and Dickson Chumba
of Kenya return to Chicago Marathon
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Two-time world marathon champion Abel Kirui and
Dickson Chumba of Kenya have been added to the elite men’s list
for the Chicago Marathon on Oct 7.
Kirui, who has
remained injury free this year, hopes to reclaim the title he
last won in 2016 when he succeeded his compatriot and 2015
winner Chumba. Kirui claimed silver in Chicago last year.
“Yes yes yes! I’m
back again for the third time running the Chicago Marathon,” an
excited Kirui said on Friday from Eldoret. “I have good hope and
big faith and [the] biggest heart to win.”
The statement was
meant to be a thinly veiled attack on race favorites defending
champion Galen Rupp of the USA and Britain’s Mo Farah who had
been announced earlier by the organizers as the athletes to
watch out for in this year’s race.
Alongside Kirui and
Chumba, Kenya will still have another strong contender in 2017
Boston champion Geoffrey Kirui, will be making his debut in the
windy race, which has one of the flattest courses.
2:02.57 has stood the test of time since he broke the world
record in Berlin in 2014. Of the three Kenyans, Briton and
American runners, none holds the fastest time in 2018.
That title goes to
Ethiopia’s Mosinet Geremew, who started 2018 with a bang,
breaking the course record in Dubai and posting a fresh personal
best of 2:04.00.
Chumba is the fifth
fastest runner in the Chicago marathon’s history. He came back
to win in 2015 and while he tried to defend his title in 2016,
he came up three seconds short, finishing second to Abel Kirui.
Since he embarked on
his marathon career in 2010, he has finished 17 marathons and he
boasts an impressive record: five wins, five runner-ups and four
third place finishes. “I have high hopes of reclaiming my title
in Chicago. But as usual, the opposition is at its peak and the
best runner will sail through. Past records stand for nothing in
Chicago,” said Chumba.
Kirui also stands
out as one of the most decorated athletes in the field - he took
home a silver medal in the marathon at the 2012 London Olympics
and he won both the 2009 and 2011 IAAF World Marathon