Avoid doping ahead of marathon, Kipchoge urges young athletes
The 2016 Olympics games marathon champion, Eliud Kipchoge has urged young aspiring athletes to avoid doping, but instead train harder if they were scale the athletic heights.
Kipchoge, a man dubbed the greatest marathon runner of modern era, fears that doping claims would ruin the reputation of Kenyan runners and asserted that stern action should be taken against those found culpable.
According to the champion, athletes should be self-disciplined and work hard to best in their various fields asserting that success is earned.
Speaking on Wednesday during the signing of a partnership deal worth Sh.20 million with Isuzu EA, Kipchoge remained confident of winning the Berlin marathon while targeting his lifetime best come 16th of September.
“My preparation is entirely concentrated on BMW Berlin marathon and I am confident of beating my personal best on this fast course if the conditions are good,” he affirmed.
His best is currently 2:03:05 set in winning the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon. This was eight seconds slower than the world record which remains in the possession of his compatriot, Dennis Kimetto (2:02:57), when winning the 2014 race in Berlin. Kipchoge’s mental and physical prowess has suggested for some time that the world record is within his reach.
Wilson Kipsang will be a strong contender in the race having set a world record time of 2:03:23 in 2013 in Berlin.
The two year partnership deal will see Kipchoge receive a brand new Isuzu Dmax Double Cab worth Sh.5.9 million for his training and personal use and also full service for the vehicle in the period.
The Isuzu East Africa Managing Director, Rita Kavashe also assured Kipchoge that the company would keep its promise of rewarding him with an Isuzu Dmax, when he breaks the world record in any future international marathon that he would participate in.
“Kipchoge resonates well with our corporate and product brands. He has time and again shown strength, resilience and the tenacity to win through his performances,” Kavashe said.
Last year, Kipchoge signed a Brand ambassador partnership with Isuzu EA worth Sh.15million to become the Isuzu Dmax Brand Ambassador.
By Obare Rodney/Wafula Denis