Edna Ng’eringwony Kiplagat is keen to gun for a straight third win at the 15th IAAF World Championships marathon in Beijing, China, next month.
The shy-looking Kiplagat enjoys a rare and unique athletics lifestyle – a mix of cultural heritage and a blend of modest sophistication from her jet-set lifestyle.
Her bristling talent nurtured in hilly terrains, which she credits for her tremendous showing in flat and energy-sapping courses, will again thrill the athletics world as she carries her world championship wins in Daegu, South Korea (2011) and Moscow in 2013 to Beijing.
But her bid for Beijing will be known when Athletics Kenya names the final marathon squad on August 2.
“The training is okay. We are waiting to know the final team and, if I get selected, I will give it my best. You know championship is different from other big marathons and it needs a lot of focus and preparation. I will be glad if named to defend my title and even become a three-time champion — more so, back to back,” said Kiplagat.
She added: “It won’t be easy as many other athletes are also preparing. Team work is crucial in championship events.”
Victory in Beijing would see Kiplagat enter the annals of history as the first women’s three-time world marathon champion.
If her brilliant shows in world championships and the lucrative big city marathons are anything to go by, then Kiplagat is no doubt another typical Kenyan runner that takes your breath away as she easily crushes opposition with apparent ease.
Former Boston Marathon winner Jemimah Sumgong, Helah Kiprop, Visiline Jepkesho and Janet Jelagat Rono are in AK’s provisional team in camp at Keelu Resort in Iten.
Kiplagat, the alumnus of Kipsoen Secondary in Keiyo North, said: “Championships are always tricky. Competitors don’t go for fast times but top positions. Therefore it can be anybody’s race.”
Kiplagat is poised for a river of fortune as she is expected to take home the Sh43m ($500,000) World Marathon Majors prize as she was second in the women’s leader board after Rita Jeptoo was banned for two years after she tested positive for prohibited substance, EPO. The verdict on the prize purse is not yet out.
“I also hope to win the 2012/2013 WMM jackpot since Lilya Shobukova (of Russia) failed dope test. I don’t know how the result will come out,” she said.
Courtesy of standardmedia.co.ke