February 14, 2014

Kenya’s Kirui Warns Stephen Kiprotich

(L-R) Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich of Kenya, Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda and Abel Kirui of Kenya compete
(L-R) Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich of Kenya, Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda and Abel Kirui of Kenya compete

Olympic and World champion Stephen Kiprotich’s citing fatigue as he skips the Commonwealth Games in order to concentrate on the London Marathon has received a tip off after Kenya’s Abel Kirui threatened to dethrone him.

Kirui is a two-time world marathon champion and Olympic silver medallist and has declared himself fit after recovering from a tendon injury that saw him miss the August world championships in Moscow Russia.

Kirui, 31, became the first Kenyan to be crowned a double world marathon champion when he successfully defended the title he first won in Berlin 2009 in Daegu, South Korea two years ago.

“It was very disappointing watching how him (Kiprotich) with ease won the world title. To be honest I expected more from the Kenyan team to the world. Now I am back fit than before and the world should watch out.” Kirui said on Thursday.

“There is still the 2014 commonwealth games, 2015 World Championships and the 2016 Olympics to look forward. Am taking my good friend Stephen on.”

KiproBut Kiprotich inisists he has to rest. “Last year, I did so many marathons,” the 24-year-old Ugandan told BBC Africa. “My body is a bit down and I need to recover.

“To become a Commonwealth champion is not easy. It is a big competition.

“But it is good for me to give a chance to upcoming Ugandan athletes and if they win medals I’ll be very happy.”

Kiprotich will run in the Paris half-marathon next month as he builds towards the London event in April but has ruled out coming to Glasgow in July.

“Once I finish London, I will know where I am heading to next,” he explained, adding that he favoured running in the New York Marathon rather than Berlin.

“There are so many people wanting me to compete but I have to treat my body well,” he added.

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