Former Olympic and World Champion Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda aims to break his own record that he ran in 2015 in Tokyo this season.
Kiprotich who turns 28 years old in February will use the World Cross Country Championship to that will be held in March 26 at the Kololo Indepence grounds in Uganda.
The Kapchorwa born athlete has set his eyes to ugrun under 2:06.33 this season.
“If you look at all the best marathoners in the world, they run these cross country races and 10,000m as part of their training,” Kiprotich said.
He spoke to Daily Monitor of Uganda after the Uganda Olympic Committee’s elective assembly on Saturday, said.
“Why should I be different? I want to go at least a minute and deep less in a marathon this year. That is my goal,” he said.
“Honestly I was surprised that I was among the best five and second in my team at the national cross country championship (on January 14). Even more that I made the national team because I was just training and helping my teammates in camp when I decided to participate.
“I wasn’t in the right frame and maybe I would have won if I was prepared. But now I am on the team and I have to balance my preps. I have run cross country for seven years so there is nothing to worry about,” he added.
Kiprotich dropped out at the 2016 Rio Olympic games where Kenya’s king of the road Eliud kipchoge won the gold. He will battle it out with Kenyan counterparts who will be naming their final list on January 18 for the World Cross in Uganda.
Additional: Daily Monitor