Kiptum relishing London Marathon debut
- World half marathon record holder Abraham Kiptum is relishing the chance to participate in the London marathon slated for April 28
- Kiptum is among a host of elite athletes set to square it out on the streets of the English capital in what will be his maiden appearance in the lucrative race which is one of the World Marathon Majors
World half marathon record holder Abraham Kiptum is relishing the chance to participate in the London marathon slated for April 28.
Kiptum is among a host of elite athletes set to square it out on the streets of the English capital in what will be his maiden appearance in the lucrative race that counts as part of the World Marathon Majors.
The 29-year-old set a new world record of 58 minutes and 18 seconds at the 2018 Valencia half marathon in October 28 just a few months after setting a personal best of 59:09 at the Copenhagen Half Marathon.
Kiptum enjoyed a successful 2018 season whereby, two months after smashing the world record, he competed at the inaugural Abu Dhabi marathon in December where he finished second in the 42km race in a time of 2:04:16 behind compatriot Marius Kipserem (2:04:04) a feat he is hoping to maintain in 2019.
“Abu Dhabi was my last race last year. I have started my build ups and I hope to pick on where I left last season. I also pray that I maintain the fitness that I had last year,” Kiptum told Citizen Digital.
Although Kiptum will be coming up against a strong field that includes; world half marathon record holder and defending champion Eliud Kipchoge, two- time champion Wilson Kipsang and last year’s runner-up Shura Kitata of Ethiopia he is gearing to make an impression.
“The likes of (Eliud) Kipchoge and (Shura) Kitata are top athletes and in order to compete with them it needs proper preparations and that will also motivate me in my training. My manager will decide if I will be having any other race before I head to London,” said Kiptum who hails from Nandi County.
Also in the mix is Britain’s Mo Farah who will be making his second successive appearance at the race after finishing third last year behind Kipchoge and Kitata.
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