Former Kigali marathon champion Gilbert Chebii will be yearning to win his maiden title on home turf when tackles the third edition of Iten marathon this Sunday.
Chebii who finished 5th during the 2018 Seville marathon with personal best of 2:08.12 will be seeking to emerge top among elite and untested marathoners.
Christened ‘Home of Champions’ the race will attract a large field of runners, who have missed opportunities to compete away from home in good paying Europe road races.
With the county producing world leading runners, Chebii will be counting on his experience to conquer his opponents to rise to the stardom.
“I want to try my best and win at home before boarding for Austria race. I have been training well ahead of the Iten race and the win will motivate me ahead of the other world events,” said Chebii.
The former Lewa marathon second finisher, Chebii depends much on his training mate, the 2015 Barcelona marathon champion Philip Kangogo, who also won the 2014 Kass Marathon title in Eldoret.
“I know the race will be more competitive than any other but I will try my best. Kenyan athletes train hard and you cant really know your challengers until you meet on the course, gauge how good they are before knowing how to tackle them,” added Chebii.
“Kangogo has been a pillar in my career and he has advised me on how to run local races which are very competitive compared to the international ones. At the international level, you can study how some athletes have performed but in Kenya, new talents emerge daily, making it hard to know your real opponent,” added Chebii.