NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Former London Marathon champion Daniel Wanjiru
has been added to the list of elite runners who will be
competing at the New York Marathon on Nov 4.
Wanjiru has been a
shadow of his former self this year as he failed to defend his
crown in London, finishing seventh in a race that was won by
Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge. However, the 2016 Amsterdam
champion believes he has what it takes to claim his maiden New
York Marathon title.
“I look forward to
running with the champion Geoffrey Kamworor and other world
champions. I have no pressure going into the race and that is
huge bonus to me,” said Wanjiru on Friday from Embu.
The 26-year-old has
a personal best time of 2:05:21, which he set in Amsterdam in
2016. He was a surprise winner in London when he clocked a time
of 2:05:48 for victory ahead of Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele.
bronze medalist Shadrack Biwott will also be trying to improve
on his third place finish in New York.
However, the three
Kenyans will be wary of their former countryman Bernard Lagat,
who will be making his debut in the marathon.
“I first competed in
New York in 2001 at the Millrose Games, and fell in love with
the city on that trip. I have been back again and again, and now
have eight Wanamaker Mile titles, five podium finishes at the
Fifth Avenue Mile, and I set the United States 5000-meter indoor
record there,” Lagat said.
“A few years ago, I
was able to watch the TCS New York City Marathon from one of the
lead vehicles, and I knew that when I ran a marathon someday, I
wanted it to be in New York.”