Mosop confirms Dubai marathon challenge in JanuarySouce:Xinhua Publish By Dustin Updated 24/12/2012 3:44 am in Sport / no comments
NAIROBI, Dec. 23 — World second fastest man in marathon Moses Mosop will start his 2013 campaign with a run for the 1 million US dollars Dubai Marathon on January 25.
Mosop, who failed in his last bid to break the world record in Rotterdam in October, will be eying to improve on the 2:03.38 world record set by compatriot Patrick Makau when he lines up in Dubai.
Silver medalists Lucy Wangui Kabuu has also confirmed she will be running in Dubai as she seeks to improve her pecking to the gold status. This has been aided by the announcement by the organizers that defending champion for women Aselefech Mergia will not be back as she has an injury.
“The course in Dubai is flat and can be a good ground to make an attempt on the world record. However, it is going to be tough. My intension is to win the race, the record, it comes, will be a bonus.”
“There are many top names lining up there and I need to be at my level best,” said Mosop Sunday in Eldoret.
The former Chicago marathon champion failed to defend his crown this year because he pulled a muscle in training. However, he recovered in time to run in Rotterdam, where he wound up third. A win in Dubai will elevate him, as it will be an edge ahead of Kenya naming its team to the World Championships in Moscow, Russia in August.
Kabuu, who will be eying a second chance, said in Embu, where she was beaten to second place in the senior women 8km cross country, that her aim was to do well and earn the selectors favor to represent the country in Russia.
“I want to run in Dubai. My management is working on that, then I will see how the year goes on. London or Boston is a possibility in April, after that it is to wait and see what the year has,” she said Saturday in Embu.
Organizers of the Dubai marathon have announced the elite list with prize money of 1 million US dollars at stake, equal rights, men and women, there is an impressive list of pretenders for the title.
Last winner Ethiopian Ayele Abshero is currently injured (as is women’s winner, Aselefech Mergia), and so cannot defend; but leading the men’s pack is Mosop, the second fastest man in history, with his 2.03.06 in Boston back in 2011.
Mosop went on to win Chicago later in the year, but had to give best in Rotterdam 2012 to Yemane Tsegay of Ethiopia who won in 2.04.48. Tsegay has no fewer than eight sub-2.10 times to his credit, and in renewing his rivalry with Mosop in Dubai, the pair will have another 21st century ‘great’ to contend with, in Martin Lel.
With 13 men under 2.08, and another five under 2.10, Dubai has in a very short time become one of the highest quality fields in the world of marathon.
Other Kenyans lining up are Bernard Koech and Mike Kigen.