Friday, June 21, 2024

Kenya: ‘Fearless’ Kiprop Revels in Rewarding Race After Win At Stanchart Marathon


Nairobi — Newly topped StanChart Marathon champion for the lads’s 21km, Justus Kiprop, says he was by no means doubtful he would carry out nicely within the twentieth version of the annual highway race.

Kiprop stated he had marked out the date of the competitors in his calendar and had ready optimally for it.

“I really feel nice…it’s a race I had been making ready for the previous three months. My coach had ready me nicely,” he stated.

Kiprop timed 1:02:39 in first place, forward of Jackson Kipleting (1:02:43) and Asbel Kiplimo (1:03:02) in second and third respectively.

Nonetheless, he admitted it was not a stroll within the park for him contemplating the calibre of opponents in the identical race.

“It was all about being fearless and assured in myself. I used to be not afraid of anyone though the tempo was a bit quick and I needed to up my tempo as nicely,” Kiprop stated.

The highway runner is hopeful his win on Sunday morning is an indication of larger issues.

Preview for Valencia

It was double delight for Iten as one other native, Jackline Chelal, crossed the end line first to win the ladies’s 21km race.

Chelal clocked 1:11:18 to take high honours forward of Edith Jepchumba (1:11:56) and Nancy Jepleting (1:12:18) to say second and third place respectively.

“As a result of depth of my coaching, I knew I’d come away with a great end result right here right now. This race was preparation for my upcoming race in Valencia in December. Contemplating it was my first within the half marathon, I might say I’m actually happy with myself,” Chelal stated.

She additionally attributed her success to an ‘easy-peasy’ course.

“It’s my first time competing on the StanChart Marathon and I might say the course was good. It was not too hilly or too flat,” she stated.

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