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Kipkemoi ready to roar again at Rotterdam marathon

Kenneth Kipkemoi has vowed to reclaim his lost glory at the 2022 Rotterdam marathon set for tomorrow.

The former Africa 10,000m champion will be returning to the Rotterdam marathon this Sunday in readiness to reclaim his title he last won in 2018.

After serving two years he was banned for violating anti-doping rules in 2020 when he tested positive for terbutaline.

“Am back and ready to rumble again in the marathon. I have served my ban and my coming will be good,” said Kipkemoi.

Kipkemoi, who won the 2012 10,000m Africa Championships in Port Novo, Benin also won silver at the All Africa Games in 10,000m.

Despite serving his ban, Kipkemoi is adamant that he did not dope.

“I used to think athletes dope and they cheat in races hence condemning them but when it came to a reality that I was one the victims, it was one of the worst days,” narrated Kipkemoi.

He is expected to face off with compatriots Reuben Kiprop, Olympic Games marathon bronze medalist and defending champion Abdi Bashir, former champion and last year silver medalist Marius Kipserem, Ethiopian Dawit Wolde and Richard Douma among others.

In women, defending champion Stella Barsosio will be defending her title.

Barsosio, who overcame road accident three years ago won the 42km title in 2:22.08 ahead of home girl Nataliya Lehonkove (2:30.28) and former Ljubljana marathon champion Bornes Kitur completing the podium in 2:30.41.

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