We have the best marathon team: Cheromei

Marathon head coach Joseph Cheromei has confidence in the marathon team ahead of the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar next month.

Cheromei has applauded the team saying it is one of the best.

The former marathoner turned coach said this is year’s team is the best in the marathon and winning gold will be easy bearing in mind the morale they have.

The consists of defending champion Geoffrey Kirui, former Seoul and Roma marathon champion Amos Kipruto, Laban Korir, Ernest Ng’eno and two time Paris marathon winner Paul Lonyangata to fly Kenyan flag in men while two time world champion Edna Kiplagat, Ruth Chepngetich, Sally Chepyego and Visiline Jepkesho will marshal forces in women race

“In my opinion, this is the best team. Winning gold for Kenya will be easy,” said Cheromei, the former marathon runner.

Despite the high spirit in the team, Cheromei said their main challenge is weather due to much rain, forcing them to train on tarmac road away from the murram road.

“Today, we decided to train on this tarmac road, which is not good for athletes but we had a programme to work on. We could not miss the training. It rained the whole night, starting the training late by one hour but I thank athletes who decided to risk and train on the tarmac. We could not use murram because of mud on the road,” said Cheromei.

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