The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Kipkosgei Targets World Marathon Gold in Moscow Championship

WORLD indoor 3,000m bronze medalist Luke Kipkosgei has set his sight on the world marathon title at the 14th IAAF world championships in Moscow next year.

Luke who specialises in the 3,000m and 5,000m is revealing his intentions a year after he bring involved in an accident which barred him from running.

Speaking in Iten, Kipkosgei said he has fully recovered and is now preparing for the world championships between August 10-18 in Moscow.

"Initially I had an intention to run at the Olympic marathon but I got an accident which hindered my participation," Kipkosgei said. He believes had he gone to London he would have bagged the marathon gold.

"I was watching the way our Kenyans were running and they could have won the gold. I don't know what happened. If I was there I could have taken it," he said.

Kipkoosgei has never represented Kenya in marathon but he has been competing in marathons and he says this has sharpened his skills and prowess in road running.

He has a marathon personal best time of 2.14.7 posted in 2010 at the Antwerp Marathon and a brilliant 1.01.18 half marathon time set in 2007.

Luke placed second at the world cross country championships in Dublin in 2002 finishing behind Kenenisa Bekele but he helped Kenya to the team gold medal.

The 2003 world indoor championships bronze in 3000m was his first global track medal and he is determined to shine in road races.

"I am now training hard for the world marathon title which will be my first outing representing Kenya. I am aware of the tough competition from other Kenyans but I am focused." He said he will shape up for the championships through various road races next year.

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