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Kenyan Vincent Kipruto eyes Xiamen
Marathon title after poor show in 2018

Nairobi (Xinhua) -- Former world marathon silver medalist Vincent Kipruto will lead Kenya’s charge at the Xiamen International Marathon in China on Jan. 6.

After frustrating 2018, which saw the Kenyan compete in three marathons and fail to win any, Kipruto will be inspired as he seeks to start the year on a winning note and break the Ethiopian dominance in the race.

Speaking from Eldoret, Kipruto said he was disappointed not being able to finish the Fukuoka Marathon early in December, but feels he has recovered and will make an attempt to win the Xiamen Marathon, though he is aware of the strong challenge the Ethiopians will present.

“I have recovered and focused on running top race. I believe I am strong enough to challenge for the medals. I have no intentions of competing at the World Championships later in 2019, but I want to give this race, my best effort.

“Ethiopians have dominated the race and it is time, Kenya takes over and brings home the medals,” he said.

Defending champion of the Xiamen Marathon Dejene Debela of Ethiopia is expected to return to defend his title. Debele, 23, has showed great talent competing in three marathons in 2018 and winning two, both in China. He won the Xiamen Marathon clocking 2:11:22 and in August he returned to win the Beijing Marathon clocking 2:12:08. However, he was a distant seventh at the Rome marathon in April.

Another Kenyan expected in the race is Vincent Yator.

The Xiamen International Marathon is an annual marathon race held in January in the coastal city of Xiamen in Fujian province of China. Every January, the first medal of marathon race around the world is awarded here.

             

 

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