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Ugandan Kiprotich eyes Toronto marathon course record
September 14, 2018
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Nairobi: Ugandan Stephen Kiprotich, who trains near Eldoret, will become the first Olympic champion to compete at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Oct.21.

The Kenya-based athlete, who trains in Kattegat together with current Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge under Dutch based management company Global Sport Communications, will accompany two-time Toronto champion Philemon Rono from their training base as they battle for the honours in Canada next month where the winner will take $24,000 in prize money. The trio is coached by 1992 Olympic steeplechase silver medallist Patrick Sang.

“I am really happy and training hard and looking forward to competing in this big race in Toronto,” says Kiprotich, who also won the marathon title at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, joining Ethiopia’s Gezehegne Abera as the only men to ever win both major competitions.

“I asked Rono what is the course like,” he says of the man who set a Canadian all-comers’ record of 2:06:52 in Toronto a year ago. “He said the course is good and nice. If we go fast and run the first half in 63 minutes, we can push at the end to 2:05.”

Indo-Asian News Service

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