Korir hopes Kaptagat lessons inspire Doha success


Korir hopes Kaptagat lessons inspire Doha success
Laban Korir winning the Toronto Waterfront Marathon (PHOTO/IAAF/Organisers / Victah Sailer)

In Summary

  • Laban Kipng’etich Korir is hoping that training with distance running greats in Kaptagat can inspire his quest to deliver marathon glory for his country at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar
  • Korir, under tutelage of coach Patrick Sang’ at the Global Athletics Camp, trains with the world record holder Eliud Kipchoge and the recently crowned world half marathon record holder, Geoffrey Kamworor

Laban Kipng’etich Korir is hoping that training with distance running greats in Kaptagat can inspire his quest to deliver marathon glory for his country at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Korir, under tutelage of celebrated coach Patrick Sang’ at the Global Athletics Camp, trains with the world record holder Eliud Kipchoge and the recently crowned world half marathon record holder, Geoffrey Kamworor.

Currently working on being the first man to run a marathon in under two hours popularly known as ‘INOES 159 Challenge’ in Vienna, Austria, Kipchoge has been an inspiration to Korir, who also has been of great important to him especially when he is pacing the Olympic champion in training.

“From our coach Patrick sang this has been great for me, to Kipchoge who has encouraged me socially and physically, he usually demand discipline in training, in camp and even when I go out there, he has a line that he normally uses, a strong mind builds success,” Korir told Citizen Digital.

Korir who began competing abroad in 2008 in his early twenties, made the third-fastest marathon debut in history with his run of 2:06:05 hours, which was enough for second place at Amsterdam Marathon in 2011, a feat that he has maintained.

“In my previous marathon I have not done well in terms of winning, but I have maintained good results I won Toronto in 2014, finished second in Paris in 2016, number three in Rotterdam the following year but most importantly, I have maintained the time of between two hours six minutes and two hours seven minutes consistently,” Korir said.

With a personal best of 2:05:54 set in 2016 finishing fourth at the Amsterdam marathon, Korir says his body is responding well to training as their entire camp is jointly working on helping the Olympic champion to do well in Vienna next month.

“Am ready, so far so good my body is responding well, and am not missing anything, so far my aim is to maintain how my body is feeling now.”

He believes with the current team of four which also includes defending champions Geoffrey Kirui, Amos Kipruto and Paul Lonyangata, Doha Gold is destined for Kenya.

“I would like to thank AK for selecting my friends in the team, my aim is to make sure that we rely on team work, and because we are four a good work plan can make sure we take 1-2-3-4, but most important the gold medal should remains in Kenya,” Korir stated.

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