NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Olympic Champion Vivian Cheruiyot is
not fretting on the caliber of opposition that threaten to beat
her at the London Marathon on April 28.
35-year-old, who will be making her fifth race since turning to
marathon two years ago, says the trick is in her training.
"I train well so I know I can afford to relax and time my own
run to perfection.
"I don’t need to go with the group, but keep my discipline
and attack when required," she said Friday in Nairobi.
Cheruiyot, an inspector in Kenya’s police force, will compete
with fellow Kenyans Gladys Cherono, winner of Boston Marathon,
Chicago Marathon champion Brigid Kosgei and New York winner Mary
Keitany, all from Kenya eyeing the title and its 5 million
shillings (50,000 U.S. dollars) prize.
Moreover, Cheruiyot and Ethiopia’s Roza Dereje are on 16
points apiece in the World Marathon Majors (WMM) series
standings following their second-place finishes in Chicago and
Winner of the series pockets 250,000 dollars and selects a
charity of their choice to spend a similar amount.
"It was a great moment for me winning last year’s London
Marathon and I am very much looking forward to returning in
April," said Cheruiyot.
"My aim was to run under two hours and 20 minutes, maybe
2:19, so I’m happy because I did 2:18."
Cheruiyot clocked two hours, 18 minutes and 31 seconds, her
personal best time so far, to seal her London triumph last year
ahead of three-time winner and race favorite Keitany, who
"The line-up for this year’s race is, once again, incredibly
strong so I know I will need to be at my very best to repeat
last year’s victory but it is a challenge that I’m really
looking forward to.
"I will be ready," said a confident Cheruiyot.
From Ethiopia, the Kenyan troop will have to contend with
Berlin Marathon bronze medalist Tirunesh Dibaba, Tadelech Bekele
and Roza Dereje, who was second to Kosgei in Chicago.