Iten erupts in song and dance for Edna Kiplagat
|London Marathon champion Mary Keitany (right) welcomes Edna Kiplagat as her husband Gilbert Koech savours the moment. [PHOTO: PETER OCHIENG’ / STANDARD]|
SEE ALSO :Widow of ward rep wins seatUlulations rent the air as the athlete who made Kenya proud through her win on the first day of the World Championships in Moscow, made her way back home. The usual sour milk served in a traditional gourd, commonly known as mursik, was served as villagers paid tribute for her excellent performance. Kiplagat glowed with happiness as she explained how she managed to win a gold medal in a race that she admits was tough. “I started at a very slow pace and gained strength after 10 minutes when I realised that my competitors were far ahead. I increased the speed even though it was hot; I am used to training in low temperatures,” she said. She revealed that the race was quite challenging at the start but since she was the defending champion, she gained confidence as the race progressed.
SEE ALSO :NLC told to end land rows in region“I was not sure if I could actually retain my title, but I thank my coach who is also my husband, Gilbert Koech, who always reminds me never to miss my daily training,” said an elated Kiplagat. She urged Lucy Kaguu and Valentine Kipketer, who participated in the marathon although they did not perform well, to kick-start training for the next championships to be held in 2015 in Beijing and the 2016 Olympics in Brazil respectively. Her husband and coach, Gilbert Koech, was happy with Kiplagat’s win, saying their training went as planned. “My wife was training under 17 to 20 degrees Celsius in Kenya compared to 28 degrees Celsius in Moscow. Our eyes are now focused on the two major events to be held in Beijing and Brazil,” said Koech. Josephine Keter, a villager, was not happy with the way the athlete was received since there was no proper communication between the family and villagers.