Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Kenya: Obiri Eyes Redemption in New York After Heartbreaking Begin to Marathon Profession in Final 12 months’s Race


Nairobi — Boston Marathon champion Hellen Obiri says she is able to conquer the robust New York Marathon course on Sunday following her disappointing full marathon debut in the identical race final yr.

Obiri mentioned she has learnt from her errors, which noticed her end a disappointing sixth after timing 2:25:49.

“In a debut, something can occur and generally you go and discover ways to do it. For me, from the phrase go, I believe I felt like there was no have to take water. I did not understand it was going to price me in direction of the tip of the race,” she mentioned.

The 2-time World 5000m champion added that she shall be recreating her working technique finally April’s Boston Marathon the place she clocked a private finest of two:21:38 to emerge victorious — her second ever marathon race.

“For Boston, we mentioned we now have like 4 weeks so we mentioned we have been going to practise lots…taking water and setting tables alongside my method. Like once I did lengthy runs, they have been setting tables from the place I may choose the water bottles whereas working. I took like 5 good drinks so once I went to Boston, that (fixed rehydrating) was on my thoughts,” Obiri defined.

Having loved success on the monitor, the two-time Olympics 5000m silver medalist is bullish about her probabilities of extra glory within the street races.

She revealed her coach has been a supply of inspiration to propel her to transcend the boundaries of that which is regular within the ladies’s marathon.

“I do…and I can (run 2:11 on a flat course) as a result of a coach is the one who understands the athlete higher. He all the time tells me that I’m in a fine condition and I can run 2:11…however not now, possibly in two or three years. I do consider I can,” the New York Metropolis Half Marathon champion mentioned.

Regardless, it isn’t misplaced on Obiri that the battle within the Large Apple shall be something than a stroll within the park contemplating the elite calibre of different runners within the ladies’s race.

Her fellow countrywoman, Sharon Lokedi, shall be hoping to make it back-to-back titles whereas Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey shall be eager on constructing upon her success finally yr’s Valencia Marathon — the place she made historical past because the quickest ever marathon debutant.

Former world report holder for the ladies’s half marathon Brigid Kosgei may also be out to place her damage woes behind her with a first-place end because the evergreen Edna Kiplagat seeks to assert one other podium end in her longstanding street race profession.