Silver girl Sylvia Kibet turns focus to Saitama Marathon title

Labeled ‘silver girl’ due to her winning silver medals in most of her major world athletics outing, former Commonwealth Games 5,000m silver, medalist Sylvia Jebiwott Kibet will be returning to Saitama International marathon to complete her work she left in 2015. 

Kibet who finished third during Standard Chartered half marathon two weeks ago in Nairobi failed to complete the Saitama race after picking an injury but she is focused to win the race come December 9th in china where a new champion will be announced because the defending champion and former Commonwealth Games marathon champion Flomena Cheyech Daniel will be running at Shanghai marathon on Sunday 18th November and will not make it to Saitama.

“I want to complete my work. I did not finish the 2015 race but I have hope that I will finish as the winner before venturing into world Marathon majors in 2019,” said Kibet who runs alongside her siblings neutralized Dutch international Hilda Ivy and American Elvin.

The two World championships (2009 and 2011) in 5,000m silver medalist has been finishing second in all her major races on track but she decided to venture into marathon and started off in Saitama and this year, she finished fourth during the Hamburg marathon after returning from maternity leave.

The 1999 world Youth Championships 1,500m silver medalist who has been suffering from knee injury hopes to post good results in marathon to better her road running career.

“I fully switched to marathon after young athletes came on track with force. Now I have to change my running niche to ensure that I make an impact in my life,” added the Kibet who trains under Italian international Gianni Demadona.

The 2006 Africa 5,000m bronze medalist insisted that for her to maintain in good shape despite her age, said Saitama race will define her new life.

“I started my marathon career in saitama and I will be working my way to ensure I get my first win in marathon though it won’t be a walk in the park because most runners will be competing at the event,” added the mother of two.

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