Former Boston marathon champion Sharon Chemutai Cherop and former world 10,000m silver medalist Paul Tanui will be the key highlights for this Sunday’s Buenos Aires marathon.
The world championships bronze medalist Cherop will lead other top Kenyans like Pamela Rotich (2:22.43) defending champion Rhoda Jepkorir Tanui among others.
“I really don’t have a specific time that I will be chasing but I want some good time at the end of the day. I want to run better than I did in the half marathon,” said Cherop.
The 2012 Boston marathon champion said that she has been training well in readiness for the race after winning the Milan marathon in 2:26.13 back in April, said has been well as she comes back from an injury.
In Milan, she edged out Ethiopian Ethlemahu Sintayehu (2:26.30) and compatriot Emily Kipchumba Chebet for third position after timing 2:28.08.
“I’m really trying to come back strongly after being out for so long. I want to have a good time which I am hoping that I will achieve. I pray that this will be favourable,” she said.
The 2002 World junior 5,000m bronze medalist has good history in marathon after winning bronze at the 2011 World athletics championships in marathon behind the winner Edna Kiplagat and Prisach Jeptoo in an all Kenya podium sweep.
Former world 10,000m silver medalist Paul Tanui will lead the men’s contingent that has Cornelius Kibet, Edwin Kibet Kiptoo among others