Kirui To Defend Title At World Marathon Champs

Abel Kirui is looking for a repeat in Moscow. Photo: PhotoRun.net

The Olympic silver medalist will also be running the London Marathon.

Even though Kenyans didn’t perform as expected at this year’s Olympic Games in London, that doesn’t mean they still aren’t a force to be reckoned with.

According to an article on the NZ Week Web site, Abel Kirui and Florence Kiplagat have confirmed their intentions to defend their titles at the World Championships in Athletics in Moscow next year.

Kirui had been the favorite to win gold in London in August, but ended up taking silver. Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotuch upset the field to win gold.

“I have started training and will be moving to camp next week,” Kirui said. “The target is to run in London in April and then reserve the energy for the World Championships in August. The World marathon title is important and I must defend it. I will shelve any other plans to focus on this one.”

Kirui is also possibly looking at the 2016 Olympic Games, but maintains realistic about his chances of winning gold there. “All is not lost, Rio in 2016 is still a possibility and I can not shut out myself saying I will not be able to make it then,” he said. “But this is Kenya and four years in marathon running is a long time. There are many younger runners coming through and it is getting tougher everyday.”

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