NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Stella Barsosio has warned her critics not to rule her
out as she seeks her first marathon win in four attempts this
year in Singapore on Sunday.
Barsosio, who made
her debut in marathon in 2014 clinching the bronze medal in
Zagreb, will be running her fourth race this year, a step down
from the five she contested in 2016 in Eastern Europe winning
four of them.
“I like pushing my
body and one month is enough for one to recover. I last raced in
Frankfurt, Germany in October and finished ninth but I always
want to win whenever I enter a race.”
“In Singapore it
will be hot and humid and I have run in similar conditions. My
training has also been in similar weather and I hope to do well
and end the jinx,” she said Friday in Nairobi.
Barsosio (2:23:43) and Agnes Kiprop (2:23:54) are the fastest
entrants for the women’s race with Belarus’ Nastassia Ivanova
(2:27:24) and Moldova’s Lilia Fisikovici (2:28:26) leading the
This year apart from
Frankfurt, Barsosio has competed in Paris finishing fifth in a
race won by compatriot Betsy Saina. She clocked 2:23:43 while in
March she failed to finish the Nagoya women’s marathon.
“I had injury
concerns from Nagoya and it affected my performance in Paris.
But I have since recovered and ready for the challenge in
Singapore. There are several big names in the race, but I have
trust in my strength to carry the day and continue Kenya’s
domination in the race,” she added.