KENYA’S VETERAN MARATHONER KIPLAGAT EYES FIFTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
NAIROBI, Two-time world marathon champion, Edna Kiplagat, said that, she will throw her hat in the ring, competing at her fifth World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
Kiplagat, who will be 40, at the 2019 World Championships, said, she is still keen to clinch her third world title and also win the master race for athletes over 40 years old.
The fourth finisher at the Berlin Marathon in Sept, Kiplagat wants to improve on the silver medal she won in London, in the 2017 edition.
She made her debut at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, Republic of Korea, winning gold and retained her title in Moscow in 2013.
Kiplagat, however, was beaten to fifth place in Beijing in 2015, before securing silver in London.
"I love the World Championships because it lacks the pace setters. It is an open race. I have won two times and if I am given an opportunity to represent my country, it will be honour I cannot turn down. It will offer me a chance to go for my third gold," she said in Eldoret.
Kiplagat believes she still has more to offer despite her age. She was ninth at the Boston Marathon, clocking 2:47:14 before settling for fourth spot in Berlin.
Kiplagat, who trains under her husband, Gilbert Koech, said, working together as a family gives her extra motivation and has urged younger athletes to also take their families seriously, if they want to succeed in their careers.
Source: NAM News Network