Cherono, Kiplagat seek Olympic ticket at Boston marathon

Friday, December 20th, 2019 00:00 |
Lawrence Cherono crosses the finish line to win this year’s Boston Marathon. He will be defending his title next year. Photo/PD/FILE

Nairobi, Thursday

Defending champion Lawrence Cherono and Edna Kiplagat of Kenya will return to the Boston Marathon course on April 20 keen to wrest the title and boost their hopes of making the Kenya team to the Tokyo Olympics.

With Kenyan selectors pencilling Tokyo, Boston and London marathon as the gauge to test athletes’ fitness, the Kenyan duo, who have expressed interest to make the team to 2020 Tokyo Games, will do everything to win the titles. 

Ethiopia’s women champion Worknesh Degefa will also return to the Boston course and so will Des Linden and Yuki Kawauchi, who won the rain-soaked 2018 editions. 

Kiplagat, 38, is not about to see her juggernaut pull in on her final stop in marathon having won Boston title last in 2017.

Another Kenyan and former champion in Boston is Geoffrey Kirui and the women’s winner in 2015 Caroline Rotich.

Cherono, the winner of the 2019 Boston Marathon by two seconds over two-time champion Lelisa Desisa, will seek to settle any doubts about his preparedness and credential in big city marathon.

“I am happy to return to the Boston Marathon to defend my title. Boston will have a special place in my memories forever,” said Cherono on Wednesday. 

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