Chicago marathon, Abel Kirui, Zersenay Tadese, Dennis Kimetto, Florence Kiplagat, Eliud Kipchoge, Bernard Kipyego
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London marathon: Abel Kirui targets title

Two time IAAF world champion Abel Kirui will be seeking London marathon title when he takes to the streets of Kenyan colonial masters capital.

Kirui, the 2016 Chicago marathon champion said he has been looking forward to compete in the race after suffering an injury that kept him off the competitions and recovered with a win at the Chicago race though failed to defend his title in 2017.

“I want to try my best and come home with a title that I have been looking for long. I know the race will be very competitive but I want to assure that I will do my best,” said inspector Kirui.

The race has attracted world leading marathoners that include defending champion Daniel Wanjiru, two-time winner Eliud Kiopchoge (2016, 2015), Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele among others who will be searching for points ahead of world marathon majors jackpot.

The visitors will face off with home grown double Olympics and world champion Mo Farah who will be cheered by home fans.

After finishing 5th in 2010, the Kapsabet born runner will be yearning for the first title in England.

“I am well prepared to face other top cream athletes. I know the training I have done is good and nothing is left for me but to take the title,” added the 2011 and 2013 world marathon champion.

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