Kenya’s Angela Tanui will battle Ethiopian contingent at 18th edition of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon that will be held on 22nd October in Toronto, Canada.
The 25 year-old best known for her success at the shorter distances – last year she set personal bests of 31:26 in the 10k at Göteborg and a stunning 1:07.16 at the 2015 Olomouc half marathon.
Tanui made her marathon debut in April this year when she clocked a 2:26.31 at the Vienna Marathon when she finished fifth place in a race that was won by fellow Kenyan Nancy Kiprop in 2:24.20.
Ethiopian women have been victorious here seven of the last ten years. But as an indication of how close the rivalry is, the Course and Canadian All-comers Women’s record is 2:22.43, held jointly by Sharon Cherop of Kenya in 2010 and Koren Jelala Yal of Ethiopia in 2011 who ran identical times.
“Off course, yes, as a Kenyan I always want to make Kenya proud of me,” the 25 year old Tanui says of the matter.
“I learnt that the marathon is a calculation race which needs a smart mind,” she reveals. “I have increased the mileage per week and have planned an extra-long run 35Km compared to the last marathon preparation.
“My expectation is to run a personal best. With the debut in Vienna I am confident I learned a lot and can really improve. I can’t tell (by how much) but that is my inner prayer. Of course, the training was tougher and I will arrive much better prepared for this event in Toronto.”
Tanui is from a large family in Uasin-Gishu county, around 60km from Iten, where she is living and training. She has two brothers and four sisters one.
Tanui’s boyfriend, Elijah Tirop, with whom she also shares her home, will accompany her to Toronto as he will perform pacemaking duties for the elite men.
Among her training partners are a trio of past Toronto racers, Ishhimael Chemtan (2015 men’s champion), Rebecca Chesir finished third 2016 while Cherop won the race in 2010 winner. They are all from the Demadonna Athletic Promotions stable which is owned by an Italian sports agency.
“I spoke of the race with them and they told me that it is a non-predictable race which varies according to the weather conditions,” she says of her reconnaissance.
The future is certainly bright and she is only just beginning her marathon career. Suddenly, though she must carry the honor of her nation on the world stage. The question remains whether she can unsettle the Ethiopians on the streets of Toronto and carve out a victory. Her countrymen will be watching.
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