Kenya’s Kipchoge eyeing fast time in Delhi Half Marathon

Nairobi, Oct 18 (IANS) Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya will run his first race since his memorable triumph in Rio at the Delhi Half Marathon on Sunday.

Kipchoge said he has rested enough and is ready to go for the title in what might be another fast time competition, reports Xinhua.

Kipchoge, who turns 32 on November 5, has put together a winning streak of seven successive marathons and is unbeaten over the classic distance in the past three years.

However, the Delhi Half Marathon will be his first outing over a shorter distance since he finished sixth at the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon in February 2015.

“It is six years down the line since the Commonwealth Games were held in Delhi, where I got the silver medal in the 5,000m,” Kipchoge said.

“I have great memories of my last visit to India and now I am ready to come back in a different capacity as a road racer. India is one of the world’s biggest hubs of technology and business but I am looking forward to visiting the country and once again experiencing competitive sport in India,” he added.

Kipchoge has a half marathon personal best of 59:25, which dated back to 2012. Although he has not broken 60 minutes for the half marathon since then, he will still have in his sights the event record of 59:06 set by Ethiopia’s Guye Adola in 2014, which made the race one of the fastest half marathons in the world.

Kipchoge and the rest of the elite runners will be chasing men’s and women’s first prizes of $27,000, with a total prize of $270,000 on offer.

–IANS

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