By Jonathan Komen
Kipsang, who is among the three Olympic marathon medalists drafted for New York, makes his debut in the American race as he guns for a bite of the cherry at the Big Apple.
He basks in his world’s second all-time 42km mark of 2:03.42 he set at the BMW Frankfurt Marathon last year.
Kipsang, however, will certainly find no difficulty competing in the hilly New York course, having been born and bred in the rocky Kerio Valley’s Muskut village.
For one month, the religious Kipsang has been training with Geoffrey Mutai, the New York Marathon course record holder, at Kapng’etuny Athletics Club in Uasin Gishu.
“I have trained well. I rest the remaining part to God. My manager Gerard Van de Veen (of Volare Sports in Netherlands) advised me to relocate from Iten to Kapng’etuny to avoid getting disturbed,” Kipsang told FeverPitch on Wednesday.
Kipsang has posted good results while competing in flat courses –London and Frankfurt marathons –and New York would be quite challenging.
His manager, Gerard Van de Veen, was confident Kipsang’s training with Mutai will pay some dividends.
“We expect Mutai to have sharpened and motivated Kipsang for good results. The New York Marathon is special and an athlete like Martin Lel has an advantage of knowing the course well,” Van de Veen told FeverPitch in a telephone from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Kipsang will be up against two-time New York Marathon winner Lel, who is fresh from winning the Rock N’ Roll Lisbon Half Marathon 1:01:28 last September.