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Kenya’s Kosgei eyes women’s gold at Chicago Marathon

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.

Dennis Kimetto’s 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 Championships.



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