Abel Kirui using Fukuoka Marathon to stake claim for Olympics slot

ATHLETICS Abel Kirui using Fukuoka Marathon to stake claim for Olympics slot

Abigael Wafula 14:07 - 20.11.2023

Two-time World champion Abel Kirui will be hoping to make an impact at the Fukuoka Marathon next month as he seeks a grand return to the Olympic Games.

Former Olympic Games silver medallist Abel Kirui is seeking a grand return to the Fukuoka Marathon scheduled for Sunday, December 3.

The two-time World champion explained that he will be using the marathon as preparations for the Olympic Games in Paris, France where he will be hoping to be selected as part of Team Kenya.

Kirui finished fifth during last year’s edition of the marathon due to injury setbacks but explained that he is doing much better now and is seeking a podium finish. He opened his 2023 season with a 12th-place finish at the Daegu Marathon.

“I will be competing at the Fukuoka Marathon next month…last time, I had some injuries which forced me to finish fifth but I’m now doing well.

"I have a good feeling going to Fukuoka and I believe I’ll finish among the top three…I want to go and fight for a podium finish.

"I’m still aspiring to compete at the Olympic Games next year and if I can run well in Fukuoka and then compete in Tokyo next year, then I can join the team,” Kirui said.

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The 41-year-old urged Athletics Kenya to ensure that all the athletes who will be representing the country at the Olympic Games go to the training camps in good time if they are to yield great results.

“We need medals…when an athlete is selected, they should remember that this is a big opportunity and it comes once in a lifetime.

"I urge the athletes to be disciplined, work hard, and start the focus. With the support of the relevant authorities including Athletics Kenya, I believe everything is possible,” he added.