Paul Tanui turns spiritual after successful marathon debut in Argentina

ATHLETICS Paul Tanui turns spiritual after successful marathon debut in Argentina

Abigael Wafula 22:19 - 30.09.2023

In the race where Robert Kimutai Ngeno was attacked by a dog, Paul Tanui was lucky to have made his full debut without a challenge.

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games 10,000m silver medallist Paul Tanui has taken to his social media to express his gratitude to God after a successful full marathon debut.

Tanui made his full debut at the Buenos Aires Marathon in Argentina last Sunday and managed to finish second in a time of 2:09:57. He had earlier competed at the Daegu Marathon but unfortunately failed to finish the race.

In the same race, Robert Kimutai Ngeno was attacked by a dog as he was leading the pack and ended up finishing third. Cornelius Kibet Kiplagat ran away with the top honours in the hotly contested race.

In a post on his X (Twitter) handle, Tanui said: “Successfully debuted my first marathon, this far I really thank God. Thank you for being patient with me, God bless.”

Tanui opened his 2023 season with a fourth-place finish at the Bogota Half Marathon before making up his mind to debut in the full marathon.

In the recent past, the Kenyan has recorded impressive results in both the road races and on the track and he will surely be the one to watch as time goes by.

He started his athletics professional career in 2008 where he was in action at the Nairobi Junior Championships and finished fourth.

Tanui then became more invested in 2009 where he raced in about five races and made good money out of his hard work. Last year, he was out of competition for some time and only raced in one event, the TCS World 10K Bengaluru where he fizzled out to finish 13th.

He has announced his comeback this year and the 32-year-old shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.