Former Boston Marathon champion and Cherangany legislator, Wesley Korir, is hoping to return to Boston Marathon in September after a one-year injury lay off.
Korir said he has been battling with the injury, which he picked during the 2019 Boston Marathon, for the past one year. Boston Marathon was switched from 20 April 2020 to 14 September 2020 following the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) around the globe.
“My target is to run in Boston this year after the postponement of the event from April to September due to coronavirus. I am optimistic that my injury would have completely healed by then,” said the 2012 Boston Marathon champion.
Korir, who has been championing for athletes rights, said Boston and Chicago have been part and parcel of his marathon career having made his debut in 2008. “Boston and Chicago have been my best courses and returning to Boston this year will be great,” he said.
The two-time Los Angeles marathon winner said the postponement of the Boston Marathon was a blessing in disguise for him as he will be ready. The 38-year-old runner said his target is to reclaim his position in Boston – a city he has spent much of his time as a youth and an athlete.
Korir featured in Chicago in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 but his luck came in 2011 when he finished second in 2:06.15.
He made his Boston Marathon debut with a win in 2012 in 2:12;40 but failed to defend his title the following two years, finishing fifth in 2013 and 2014. He was fourth in 2016 and sunk deep in 2017 to place 15th. He won the Los Angeles Marathon in 2009 and 2011 in 2:08.24 and 2:09.19.
Original Author: Emmanuel Sabuni of the-star.co.ke
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