Amsterdam Marathon course record holder, Lawrence Cherono was on Tuesday received at the Eldoret International Airport with his family members as he plans to defend his title next year.
Cherono who last Sunday thrashed his own record of 2:05.09 to a new personal best of 2:04.06, was welcomed at the Airport with family members led by his father Mariko Cherono, mother Mary brother Benson and fans for a mursik party, song and dance, both sacred and traditional.
The elders led by his father hauled him with sinendet and a shield associated by world beaters in Kalenjin community.
“For now I will be recovering from this race before engaging in any plans. I will be waiting for my manager’s direction to determine if I will defend my Honolulu title,” said Cherono.
He said that before heading for the race, he knew big names were there led by Kenenisa Bekele, but he put his worries behind to ensure that he wins the title again.
“I studied by opponents before heading for the race and I managed to beat them heads down. I did not fear anyone I knew Bekele was a threat but that did not occure at all,” said Cherono.
But Bekele dropped out of the race with 1km left after falling behind with Cherono finishing seventh behind Bekele in the London Marathon in April.
He defeated Ethiopians Mule Wasihun and Solomon Deksisa finished second and third in 2:04.37 2:04.40 respectively followed by another Kenyan Gideon Kipketer in 2:06.15.