Kenya’s Leonard Barsoton has focused on winning the 125th edition of the Boston Marathon that will be held on October 11th in Boston, Massachusetts.
The former Africa Cross country champion will use this marathon title as a gateway to earn a slot at the 2022 World Athletics championships marathon team.
The 27 years-old will be making his debut in marathon and will start at the world majors’ marathon, which has proved to be the most competitive races across the world.
The Iten based runner said that he wants to win the Boston marathon, which will help him earn a slot in team Kenya for the postponed World Athletics championships to be held in Oregon, USA next year.
Barsoton finished 6th at the world half marathon last year has said that Boston has big names but that will not stop him from winning the title in the American soil set for October 11th.
“It is not all about big names at the starting line-up but the level of preparedness will win a title for me. I have been training and am still training for the race,” added Barsoton.
He said that he has decided to venture into marathon after dominating the half marathon and 10,000m for long and he is ripe for the big challenge.
“I have decided to run in marathons because my body is fit enough for the big challenge. My preparation is good, taking a step by step to ensure that I get that top position in a race that I have never run, hoping for a good race in a new country that I have never run,” said Barsoton.
Barsoton won the 2019 Kolkata 25km Road Race with a course record of 1:13.05 after breaking the previous record of 1:13.48 that had been set by Kenenisa Bekele from Ethiopia.
“This will be my first marathon and I know the athletes who will be competing are also preparing but on my side, I know I am capable of pulling a surprise on the course,” said the former All Africa Games 10,000m silver medalist.