Mung’ara, Ekiru to battle for second Milano marathon title

Four time Gold Coast marathon champion Kennedy Mburu Mung’ara will be heading to Milano marathon this Sunday 16th May chasing his second title of the race in Italy.

The athlete who won the title in 2015 will be chasing a double title on the course that has defending champion Titus Ekiru, two time world marathon champion Abel Kirui and Ethiopia’s Mekuant Ayenew, Seif Tura, Elisha Kipchirchir, Joel Kimurer among others.

The defending champion Ekiru enjoys a course record of 2:04:46 on a race that will be competed on a 7.5km circuit.

The race will begin at 8am Kenyan time. At least 120 participants are expected to compete with many of the athletes using the race to attain the Olympic Games qualification mark.

The 48 year old, who also won Singapore marathon failed to defend his title in 2016 when he finished third and optimistic for good results in his 4th time on the course.

“I have been preparing well for the race despite being in the coronavirus pandemic. My training has been good and I am hoping to do only two trainings, on Monday and Tuesday before traveling on Wednesday,” said Mungara.

The four time Toronto Waterfront marathon champion also won Prague marathon champion and competed for Kenya at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast finishing in position 10th in marathon.

“I have the opportunity to run for Kenya again after the 2018 Commonwealth Games flop. It was a privilege to compete for Kenya and I wish to get another chance to fly the Kenyan flag. The Commonwealth Games was my first time in the Kenya team,” said the former Mumbai marathon champion.

In women, Kenyan Bornes Chepkirui Kitur will lead the women’s race alongside Ruti Aga, Azmera Gebru, Desu Sado among others

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