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Kiplagat to make marathon debut in Boston this year

Thursday January 6 2011

By CHRIS MUSUMBA [email protected]

World Cross Country Champion is ready to take her game a notch higher when she debuts in full marathon in the streets of Boston in April.

“I want to see how my body will react to it. I will run in Boston and have started doing my training with the target of first finishing the race and then, see how fast I can run,” said Florence Kiplagat.

Kiplagat has since pulled out of the cross country competitions this year to focus on preparing for the marathon.

She pointed a finger at a niggling hamstring injury, which she sustained in a burst of speed that secured her the senior women 8km gold medal in Amman, Jordan in 2009 World Cross Country Championship.

Injury fears

“I have opted to try my luck in marathon. I have tried to run with spikes in track and cross country without success. Whenever I run, I feel the pain and when I sit down, it gets worse. That has not been the case when I run in road races,” she said.

Kiplagat will hence run one race in Abu Dhabi on March 4 to test her preparedness, but remained optimistic she will be able to get over her injury fears.

Since her victory in Jordan, Kiplagat has been inconsistent and off-field problems with a serious hamstring injury, for example taking the wind out of her sails.

But that will no longer stand in her way as she is resolved to prove that she is not another minnow trying to punch above her weight.

“I do train with experienced athletes like Lorna Kiplagat and they are giving me good advice on how to progress on. I will try, though I know it is not an easy task to win a marathon.

“When I run the half marathon for the first time in France last year, I never thought I would win. But that was my race,” she said

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