NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
World half marathon record holder Abraham Kiptum
of Kenya has shelved plans to compete at the Xiamen
International Marathon in China and instead will compete at the
Abu Dhabi Marathon on Dec. 7.
Kiptum, who is also
the Daegu Marathon champion, had wanted to race in Xiamen, a
southeastern province of Fujian in China in January, but his
management has confirmed that he will be running earlier in Abu
Dhabi just one month after breaking the world record in half
marathon in Valencia.
Kiptum broke the
men’s world record clocking 58:18 to take five seconds off the
mark set by Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese in 2010.
Now he hopes his top
form will be enough to help him secure his second marathon title
this year and in fast time.
Valencia is also the
city where Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei broke the women’s world
record in 2017.
“I would like to
reach the midway in 1:02:30 and finish under 2:05,” he said of
his plans for that race on Sunday.
“I know the good
shape my body is enjoying at the moment is optimum because I set
a best time last month in Copenhagen but I was eager to run in
“It has one of the
flattest circuits I have ever run and I was confident of
improving on my best. But to set the world record has exalted
Indeed Kiptum will
be a man under pressure in Abu Dhabi as he targets to force his
way to the winner’s podium and in doing so, convince the
selectors he is ripe for the Kenya team to next year’s World
Championships in Doha, Qatar.
“The next target
will be to run in World Championships. But that is not up to me
“I want to do my job
and let the selectors have tough time to leave me out of the
Kenya team,” he added.
Kiptum will now
focus on training in November as he seeks to conquer the Abu
“I have already
resumed training and my body is showing no signs of fatigue or
“I was only
competing in Valencia to improve on my time. Right now, I can
say I am focused and working hard for my next race,” added