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Kenyan Amos Kipruto is set to use Tokyo Marathon as Olympic build-up.
However, the Olympic Games will depends on whether he makes the final cut. Kipruto finished third in last year's Tokyo Marathon in 2:06.33 and will be seeking to improve on his performance.
" I have taken my training a notch higher and I do about 35km in a day—20km in my morning run and 15km in the evening. Marathon is not a one-day affair as everything—ranging from endurance and speed among other things have to be perfect,” said Kipruto.
Kipruto shot to fame in 2018 when he finished second behind Eliud Kipchoge who posted a new world marathon record in Berlin.
“Covering 200km a week is not easy and I will have to take one step at a time. I have been working closely with my coach Claudio Berardelli and I have a good training programme,” added Kipruto, who trains at 2 Running Club.
With top runners chasing Olympic slots, Kipruto said he is still waiting to see if he will make the shortlist for the Tokyo Games.
“For now, my focus is Tokyo Marathon. If I will be named in the team to the Olympics, I will be glad to represent my country. It is the pride of every runner to compete for his or her country at the global stage,” he added.
Kipruto made his debut for the country at the World Championships in Doha last year and will be ready if offered a chance to compete at the Olympic Games.(01/24/2020) ⚡AMP
The Tokyo Marathon is an annual marathon sporting event in Tokyo, the capital of Japan. It is an IAAF Gold Label marathon and one of the six World Marathon Majors. (2020) The Tokyo Marathon Foundation said it will cancel the running event for non-professional runners as the coronavirus outbreak pressures cities and institutions to scrap large events. Sponsored by Tokyo...more...