The world and Olympics 3,000m steeplechase champion, Ezekiel Kemboi has announced his intention to compete in Marathon races.
Speaking during Eliud Kipchoge’s rewarding ceremony in Eldoret on Thursday, Kemboi said that he was motivated by the Marathon world record holder and is ready to make his debut next year.
“I was motivated by Kipchoge with whom we were together in 2003 during the World Championships. I will be venturing into the 42km race, where I want to perform well just like in the track. My first marathon race will be in Europe and I’m yet to confirm it,” said Kemboi.
The steeplechase king said that he has been training for some time now and has already participated in 10 road races winning seven of them.
“Many people have been asking where I have been and they will get answers soon after seeing my performance. I have competed in 10 road races and won seven of them and that shows good progress.”
Ahead of the big marathon race next year, Kemboi is looking forward to running a half marathon race in November.
“As part of preparations, I will be looking forward to participate in a half marathon race which I will use to gauge my performance ahead of the big race in April next year,” Kemboi said.
Kemboi announced his retirement from the track in London last year during the World Championships after emerging 11th in a race that saw Conseslus Kipruto bag the gold medal.
We sure can’t wait to see him going head to head with Eliud Kipchoge.