Kenyan athlete eyeing 2:08 hours timing at Mumbai Marathon

Mumbai: Finishing a marathon below 2 hours and 10 minutes is considered an arduous task but Kenyan athlete William Kipsang is determined to do just that at the 9th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon.

Kipsang has only recently returned to the field after a long injury lay-off. He had suffered a hamstring injury in his right leg soon after winning the Rotterdam Marathon in 2008, where he registered his personal timing of 2:05:49.

After being away from action for nearly two years, the 34-year-old runner made his comeback at San Diego in October last year where he finished the race in just about two hours and 15 minutes.

Now Kipsang, who is yet to qualify for the London Olympics, says that he has fully recovered and is eyeing to finish the race in 2:08 hours or 2:09 hours.

"After the San Diego race, I took a break for two weeks and have been preparing for this race ever since. I am fully fit now and will try to finish the race in 2:08 or 2:09 hours," said Kipsang, who arrived yesterday.

Kipsang, who hails from Eldoret, feels weather would not be much of a problem for him during the event.

Revealing one of the `secrets` of Kenyan runners who have been dominating marathon events, he said many athletes from the country practiced at a hill near Eldoret.

"To run there is very tough right from the start to end. It has 24 corners that are challenging. Many Kenyan athletes practice there. I go there twice a month," he said.

"My best timing at the hill is 1:23 hours. However, the last two times I have crossed it (post injury) in 1:26 and 1:32 hours," he added.


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