Fit again Chemutai to compete at Prague Half Marathon, eyes fast time

Source: Xinhua| 2019-03-13 19:59:40|Editor: zh
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NAIROBI, March 13 (Xinhua) -- Former World Half Marathon bronze medalist Fancy Chemutai will compete in her second 21km road race in Prague on April 6 after shaking off an ankle injury.

Chemutai, who injured her ankle in May 2018, announced her return to action in January, finishing second at the Houston Half Marathon in a time of 66:48, and believes she will be strong enough to challenge the course record in Prague, currently held by compatriot Joyciline Jepkosgei in 64:52.

"I have been in good form for some time after the injury healed. It is a challenge for me in Prague but when I say I am back to my full potential, it means I have gauged myself. I will still fight for medals. I have sat down with my coach and I believe I have a chance to race again," said Chemutai, who currently trains in Iten.

The Kenyan, whose personal best time is 64:52, and last year's Prague runner-up Caroline Kipkirui (65:07), a Kenyan now competing for Kazakhstan, will lead Kenya's delegation to the Czech Republic capital.

However, they will also be up against strong opposition from Asian record-holder Alia Mohammed Saaeed (66:13), European 10,000m champion Lonah Chemtai Salpeter (67:55) of Israel and world marathon bronze medalist Amy Cragg from the United States (68:27).

"I have plans to run the full marathon, but the injury slowed me down," 25-year-old Chemutai said on Wednesday. "Now that I am back in action, I will discuss with the coaches and see how fast I can move to the marathon."