KENYAN WORLD RECORD HOLDER JOYCILINE JEPKOSGEI FIT TO RUN IN GIFU HALF-MARATHON

NAIROBI, — Kenya’s world marathon record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei says she has run off her inflamed leg which she picked up in training and will be fit to compete in the Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon in Japan on April 22.

Jepkosgei, 25, was widely expected to win the World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia, Spain, last month but had to settle for silver after suffering pain in her leg after she stepped on a sharp stone two days before the race. Her manager, Davor Savija, said she had to take anti-inflammatories and ran through the 21 kilometres in pain.

It is now healing and I will be ready to resume normal duty soon. I want to defend my title in Japan and see which other race my management will pick for me to participate in, Jepkosgei said Wednesday from Eldoret, about 310 kilometres northwest of here.

The Gifu Seiryu Half-Marathon will be taking place just four weeks after the World Half-marathon Championships in Valencia. Jepkosgei will face a stiff challenge from sub-68 minutes runners Eunice Chumba of Bahrain and fellow kenyans Joy Kemuma and Valary Jemeli.

Others are Karolina Nadolska from Poland, who has run below 70 minutes, and Ethiopia’s Ftaw Zeray.

The men’s champion also returns, although Kenyan Alexander Mutiso is only the fifth quickest in the field.

Fellow-Kenyan James Mwangi is fastest with a 59:07 best time, while James Rungaru and Moses Kurong of Uganda have also run below 60 minutes.

Other Kenyans in the race is expected to include Nicholas Kosimbei, Alexander Mutiso, Edward Waweru, Macharia Ndirangu, Joel Mwaura, Patrick Muendo Mwaka, Daniel Muiva Kitonyi and Michael Githae.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK