Bahrain’s Eunice Chumba will be the star to watch at the Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon that will be held on Friday (7) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Chumba says this race will play a vital role in her ambitions of competing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
The Kenyan-born Bahraini arrived in the UAE capital following a runner-up finish at the Beijing Marathon in her last outing in September. She also claimed a silver medal at the Asian Games in Jakarta in August in the 10,000-metres.
The 25 year-old is yet to compete at an Olympic Games, but has set her sights on a place in Japan, with everything now geared up to achieving her aim.
“My goal has always been to run in the marathon at the Olympics,” she said at the pre-race conference at the Abu Dhabi Sports Council on Wednesday. “I prepare my training and the races with that in mind.”
“I have been preparing for the Abu Dhabi Marathon since my last race in China, and I’m well prepared for this race on Friday.
“It’s the first marathon in Abu Dhabi and it will be special to win it because this event is going to be staged every year from now on. To become the first champion would be unique.”
Chumba is confident of a fast time on the flat Abu Dhabi course, and will be aiming to set a new personal best, although she believes a world record time is still out of reach.
The women’s world record is held by Britain’s Paula Radcliffe, her time of 2:15.25.