Tokyo Olympic marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir has put her focus to be on the podium at the World Athletics marathon set for next month in Eugene, Oregon, United States.
Jepchirchir who said that she is used to be called in the team late promised her fans that this marathon will be theirs and they should expect good results.
“I was entered into the team due to the public demand and I must thank my fans who insisted that I should be in the team. I must thank God to be in team Kenya, though I joined the team late, I must thank Athletics Kenya,” said Jepchirchir.
Just like the 2021 Olympic Games, the newly crowned Boston marathon champion was entered late into the team and went ahead to win the second Olympic Games marathon gold in a 1-2 podium finish for Kenya with Brigid Kosgei coming home in second place.
“I thank fans who have confidence and trust in me. What I can tell my fans is to pray for me for good health on that day and I will try my best not to let you down. I have earned fans and the public demand because of what I have been doing. I ran well in the Tokyo Olympics even after I joined the team late, I went ahead to win the Olympic Games marathon title. So after that I gained public confidence,” added two time world half marathon champion.
The 29 year-old who became the first woman athlete to win an Olympic marathon gold medal, New York Marathon and Boston Marathon, said that, initially she had rejected the offer but later accepted because she had just competed at the Boston marathon in April and she had little time to prepare.
“I won the Boston marathon in April and when I was told the first time, I did not accept but later I accepted because I had little time to train and prepare for the race. But I believe in myself that I can, the same way I did at the Olympics, I came back and went to compete at the New York marathon with a win,” said Jepchirchir.