Kiplagat keeps focus on Boston and Worlds

Sunday February 12 2017

Edna Kiplagat celebrates after winning the

Edna Kiplagat celebrates after winning the women's marathon at the 2013 IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on August 10, 2013. PHOTO | OLIVIER MORIN | AFP 

By KIPRONO ERICKSON

Two –time world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat has shifted her focus to the Boston Marathon that will be held on April.

Kiplagat, the 2011 and 2013 IAAF World championship women marathon champion, is also intent on securing a position in the Kenya team for the 2017 championship for a possible stab at a third title.

“I have already started training and I am praying that I get a chance to represent Kenya,” she said.

Kiplagat is hoping to register a good show in Boston - read win the city race - to boost her chances of making Team Kenya for the London World Championships.

She is of course only too aware the notorious difficulty of making any Kenya athletics team.

'BEST POSSIBLE SHAPE'

“I don’t want to say anything about the selection. but I am aiming to be in the best possible shape of my life and we see what happens,” she said.

The athlete first represented Kenya in 3,000 metres steeplechase, winning silver and bronze medals at the 1996 and 1998 World Junior championships.

She was left out of the Team Kenya for Rio Olympics.

This year’s Boston Marathon ha also attracted 2015 Berlin marathon winner Glady’s Cherono, Caroline Rotich and race defending champion Atsede Baysa of Ethiopia.