12 May 2014

Kenya: Kiprop Quits Track to Focus On Marathon

THE 2010 Africa 10,000m champion Wilson Kiprop has quit track to concentrate fully on marathon. Kiprop, who specialises in 10,000m race has served the country on track for the last 15 years. "I have tried my best and it is time for me to concentrate fully on the road," said Kiprop, who is also the 2010 World Half Marathon champion. " I really loved running 10,000m but a time comes when one has to pave way for the upcoming generation to do the job," Kiprop added. He said: "I have no regrets at all quitting track as I feel it is the right decision for me considering I am also not getting younger."

He said he will fully train for marathon after the Ottawa 10km race set for May 24. His coach Solomon Serem said they are targeting sub-2.06 in marathon and hope to improve on it later. The coach said there is a likelihood that Kiprop could represent Kenya in marathon at the 2015 World championship and Olympic Games in 2016. "We are not in hurry, and it is one step at a time," said Serem.

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