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Kenyans Kiplagat, Kirui plan to reclaim Boston Marathon titles

IANS  |  Nairobi 

Edna Kiplagat, the two-time Boston champion, has thrown down the gauntlet, warning athletes are ready to reclaim the gold medal in this year's race on April 15.

Kiplagat, together with world champion Geoffrey Kirui, leads a 15-member entourage to the United States, reports

"I am happy to confirm that Boston will be my next stop. It is about time reclaim back the titles in Boston. Poor weather and other challenges saw us lose last time, but we have the capacity to challenge for the titles," said Kiplagat, Friday from Iten.

The Boston line-up features nine previous winners and includes six men who have run faster time below the two hours and six minutes mark. There are also six women with personal best time of below two hours and 21 minutes.

"There are no small names in such big races. Each entrant has a high profile and capable of winning. I believe I will have my legs do the talking," she added.

Defending women's champion will take on two-time world champion Edna Kiplagat, 2015 Boston champion and 2012 winner Throw in Paris Marathon champ and it becomes toxic to the poorly prepared rivals.

"I am back to serious training. I have just finished the long run and I have enjoyed every step and thankful for such amazing weather," said Saina as she tones up her training in preparation for her first race in 2019.

There are also Ethiopian women led by three-time Marathon winner Aselefech Mergia, 2015 world champion Mare Dibaba and 2017 winner Worknesh Degefa.

In the men's race, defending champion Yuki Kawauchi, world champion and two-time champion Lelisa Desisa lead the onslaught alongside 2016 Boston winner Lemi Berhanu and 2012 Boston champion

Those five former champions will line up alongside two-time Amsterdam Marathon champion and Ethiopian duo and Solomon Deksisa, all of whom have PBs faster than 2:05.

Last year's second and third-place finishers, USA's Sarah Sellers and Canada's Krista DuChene, will return. Betsy Saina, European bronze medallist and marathon debutante will also be on the start line.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 18:16 IST
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