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Abel Kirui: I have a mission to accomplish before retiring

Former Chicago marathon champion Abel Kirui has no reason to retire from athletics until 2020 Olympic Games.

The double IAAF World marathon champion has quench the thirst of winning an Olympic marathon title before hanging his spikes.

With no Olympic title apart from the 2012 silver medalist Kirui said he is targeting the the 2019 IAAF World Championships and a gold medal in 2020 Tokyo Olympics before retiring.

Fresh from finishing second behind Galen Rupp at the 2017 Chicago marathon, Kirui won gold medals in marathon at the 2009 and 2011 World Championships in Berlin and Daegu respectively before taking silver at the 2012 Olympics in London.

“I am not ye t done on the road and I am still targeting two major championships before I quit active athletics. I still have world championships and Olympic Games where I will be fighting,” said Kirui.

“After the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, I will still participate in athletics but only in smaller races but not the big city marathons. I have been nurturing talents and I want more athletes to follow in my footsteps’ will support the upcoming talent to establish themselves in athletics,” said the Inspector of Police.

The athlete who comes from Nandi County started running while at Samitui Primary school. After joining Administration Police, he started taking part in major marathons.

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