World and Olympic Champion Stephen Kiprotich has headed straight to Kaptagat, Eldoret to start serious training as he seeks for a good performance in the 2015 Tokyo Marathon
By Norman Katende
World and Olympic Champion Stephen Kiprotich has headed straight to Kaptagat, Eldoret to start serious training as he seeks for a good performance in the 2015 Tokyo Marathon.
Everyone had thought that Kiprotich, who lost a daughter at the end of last year, would pull out of the event, which is due February 22, after he looked devastated.
But good counselling from the officials of the Uganda Athletics Federation and officers from the Uganda Prisons saw him stand strong and decide to honour the race.
Kiprotich during the Bupa run
"He has already applied for the Japanese Visa and has headed for training. He knows that it might be too late but he is focused and looking on to make the best," said Timothy Masaba, the administrative officer of the national athletics federation.
Kiprotich, who was already in Kaptagat Wednesday confirmed that he was concentrating on a good result.
"I know it is going to be tough but I will concentrate and try to put up a good show. It is a tough race and I need so much hard work to have good results," said Kiprotich.
Kiprotich opted for the Tokyo marathon rather than a third appearance at the London Virgin marathon next year.
Kiprotich, who is coming from a fifth place finish in the New York marathon was announced as the top bet for the race, which will also attract Ethiopian Tiki Gelena, the London 2012 women Olympic gold medallist.
Both Kiprotich and Gelena have had what can be described as a difficult 12-month period when they have been unable to reproduce the form which took them to their Olympic triumphs in London but Kiprotich will be looking forward for a renewed visit to the Japanese country where hr made his name in the marathon running.
Kiprotich focuses on good result in Tokyo