Sunday, April 19, 2009

Wanjiru going for victory in London

Olympic marathon champion Samuel Wanjiru (left) trains with Joseph Mutero (right) and Nephat Ngotho in Nyahururu on Sunday. Wanjiru leaves on Monday for the coming weekend’s London Marathon. Photo/ DAVID MACHARIA

Olympic marathon champion Samuel Wanjiru (left) trains with Joseph Mutero (right) and Nephat Ngotho in Nyahururu on Sunday. Wanjiru leaves on Monday for the coming weekend’s London Marathon. Photo/ DAVID MACHARIA 

By DAVID MACHARIA

Olympic marathon champion Samuel Kamau Wanjiru leaves on Monday for Sunday’s London Marathon exuding confidence that he will run a good race.

“I expect to win”, he said when asked what he thought of the race. He said he was well prepared.

Wanjiru, who won gold at last year’s Beijing Olympic in a new championship record time of 2:06:32, said because of the big names in this year’s London Marathon, the race will be exciting for him and could see the course record come down to two hours and four minutes if the weather will be fine.

“Last year it was cold but since the race is taking place a few days later this year, the weather might be favourable and result to better time. We can clock 2:04”, he said.

He did his final training yesterday morning at a five-kilometre circuit off the Nyahururu-Rumuruti road in the company of several of his training partners.

He clocked 14 minutes and 29 seconds, the fastest time among the runners.

“I am not going to focus on any runner in London but will concentrate on running my own race”, he said

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