The 2019 Vienna City Marathon Albert Korir will be targeting a podium finish at the 50th New York City Marathon that will be held on Sunday (7) in New York, USA.
The 27 years-old will be returning to the New York City Marathon with an aim of finishing on the podium despite the heavy line-up that includes Kenenisa Bekele, Abdi Nageeye and the defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor.
He finished in second place at the 2019 New York City marathon behind champion Kamworor and he will be returning to the course as his first outing since 2019 with the world being under the control of Covid-19.
Following his training program in his Kapkitony village in Elgeyo Marakwet County, the 2014 Kass marathon winner was optimistic that he will be hitting the podium as his target.
“I have been out of competition for a long time and heading to New York City, I need to be on the podium. As much as I want to win the race, it will be one of the most competitive ones now that many athletes have been out of competition for a long time,” said Korir.
Korir comes to this race with a personal best of 2:08.06 that he got at the 2019 Ottawa marathon. He has been training about 180km a week so that he can gain much endurance while competing at the one of the World marathon majors.
“Training for such a marathon is not easy. Remember I have not run for long because after New York in November 2019, I competed at the Eldoret City marathon finishing 10th meaning I have a big challenge ahead,” said Korir.
In 2017, he won the Vienna City marathon and managed third position at the Luboya Marathon, won silver at both Lake Biwa and Cape Town marathons respectively in 2018.
“My expectations are high with the aim of reaching high standards in the race. I don’t want to force myself, burning my chest so hard but I will do what my body will be prepared for,” he added.
In 2019, he won both Ottawa and Houston marathons before concluding the season with the second finish in the New York City Marathon