Kenya's Chesire, Rotich out to battle for the Amsterdam marathon title

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-11 20:03:16|Editor: Mengjie
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NAIROBI, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- Half marathon expert Gladys Chesire and former Boston Marathon winner Caroline Rotich from Kenya will compete in the Amsterdam Marathon on Oct. 15.

Rotich faces Ethiopians Tadelech Bekele (2:22:23) and Megertu Ifa (2:29:45) while half marathon specialist Genet Yalew makes her debut.

Top names in the men's race include Tesfaye Abera (2:04:24), former three-time winner Wilson Chebet (2:05:27) and Mule Wasihun (2:05:44).

Others are Eindhoven Marathon champion Stephen Chebogut, Amos Kipruto and Edwin Kiptoo from Kenya.

Chesire, who has opted to launch her career in marathon in Amsterdam, hopes she will weather the storm and have a successful show that can help pan her life in the 42km distance.

"It is a good city with nice course and not so many big names. I have what it takes to compete here but it took a lot of preparations," said Chesire.

The Kenyan said it was compatriot Florence Kiplagat who had a big impact on her moving up the ladder to the marathon after success in the half marathon competitions.

"It is Kiplagat who has pushed me to make this decision. It is "a big inspiration" to have such a successful athlete backing your efforts telling you how to tackling the distance," she said.

"The Amsterdam Marathon is a good choice for her first marathon," said Kiplagat, who shares the same coach as Gladys in Italian Renato Canova.

"My first marathon was in Boston and I ended up in hospital. If you push too hard in your first marathon it can be demoralizing," she explains. "It is important to be patient in a marathon.

"It almost helps to switch your mind off in the marathon. Focus on finishing the race and not worry about the time. The other piece of advice I would give is make sure you take on board water every 5km. If you miss a drink, though, don't go back to the drinks station as that can create another problem."

Chesire's preparations for her marathon debut in Amsterdam could have not gone much better. Last month in Lille she won over the half marathon distance in a season's best 67:49 and has realistic ambitions for her maiden 42.2km in the Dutch capital.

"I think to run 2:20 or 2:19 is too much for me but I am trying to run 2:25-that is my goal," she said.