NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Two years since he braved hot and
humid conditions to win in Houston, Dominic Ondoro will lead
Kenyan charges to the marathon course on Jan. 20.
Ondoro had a torrid start to the 2018 season losing his title
last year to Ethiopian challenge.
He developed complication midway the race and had to be
carried out in an ambulance.
He also failed to finish in his second race of the season in
However, he recovered from his condition and was seventh at
the Ottawa Marathon in 2:15:16 and in October he was second at
the Melbourne Marathon (2:16:55).
However, he faces stiff challenge in his bid to reclaim the
Houston Marathon crown with Ethiopians Abayneh Ayele (2:06:45)
and Yitayal Atnafu (2:07:00) leading the elite list.
"My aim this time round, of course, is to win the race," said
Ondoro on Thursday in Eldoret.
"I think the weather affected me last year, but despite all
that I am ready to challenge for the honors irrespective of who
else is running."
The Kenyan believes he catapulted on the global scene when he
won in Houston and will always feel indebted to the city.
"Winning Houston Marathon was one of my most favorite moments
in road running," said Ondoro.
"I am optimistic about running a personal best time.
"I also see a potential of breaking the course record."
Other Kenyans in the race include Albert Korir (2:08:17),
Justus Kimutai (2:09:29), Elisha Barno (2:09:45) and Henry Lelei,
who will be making his debut in marathon.
"Once again, our elite team continues to draw a competitive
international field," said Chevron Houston Marathon Race
Director Brant Kotch.
The women race will see Kenya parade two experienced runners
Sarah Kiptoo (2:26:32) and Gladys Kipsoi (2:27:32).
They will team up against Ethiopian onslaught led by
defending champion Biruktayit Degefa (2:23:51) and American
long-distance star Kara Goucher (2:24:52).
In the half marathon distance, Kenya’s Fancy Chemutai
(64:52), the second fastest woman in history, leads top fields
in Houston as she pushes for another top finish and boosts her
chance of making the Kenya team to the World Championships.
Other Kenyans in the race are Edith Chelimo, Berlin Marathon
champion Gladys Cherono, Mary Wacera and Chicago Marathon winner
Kenya marathon star
Geoffrey Kamworor turns
focus on winning fourth World Cross Country gold
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
New York Marathon third-placed Geoffrey Kamworor
said Wednesday that he is keen to win a fourth World Cross
Country title in Aarhus, Denmark, in March.
Kamworor said he intends to equal legendary Paul Tergat’s
five titles in cross country before shifting full focus to
marathon and road races.
"I feel I have unfinished business in cross country.
"My target is to win a fourth title in Denmark.
"But that will have to wait because I must get my body in
shape and the Kenya Police cross country championships will help
me do that," said Kamworor.
"I have had enough rest since the New York Marathon in
"I have returned to training and my goal is to get in good
shape, and to give a good account of myself in Denmark," adds
Besides the cross country, Kamworor has also won three World
Half marathon titles.
"After the world cross country, the next stop will be decided
by my management.
"It is always about the next competition for me," he
As Kamworor returns in cross country, he will have to weather
the storm to make the Kenya team, then face stronger challenge
from Uganda’s double 5,000 meters and 10,000m Commonwealth Games
champion Joshua Cheptegei.
"Cheptegei has been my main challenger, but someone else
could crop up and challenge for the title. But it’s about my
preparations that will count," he said.