Toronto all-comers record holder, Philemon Rono will return to defend his title for the fourth time at the Toronto Marathon that will be held on October 06, 2022.
The runner who established himself globally as a pace maker, pacing for former world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang (2:03.23), has won the title three times will be returning to the course that he describes as ‘my home’ after competing on the course for five times.
Popularly called ‘baby police’ due to his small body as a police officer, Rono said that he will be returning home for another title God willing.
“I am going back home. The race and the course, I know it very well,” said Rono.
The 31 year-old who is based at the Global Sports Communication alongside marathon giants Eliud Kipchoge, Abel Kirui, Laban Korir, Augustin Choge among others, ran the second the second fastest time of 2:05.37 at the 2020 Valencia marathon and this year he holds the season best time of 2:07.03 that he got at the Seoul Marathon where he finished in position six.
The ever smiling Rono first won the title in 2016 when he clocked 2:08.26 and defended his title the following year in 2:06.52. However, he was denied an opportunity to collect a hat-trick in 2018 when Benson Kipruto won the title with a time of 2:07.24.
“I will be heading there with the purpose of a victory. I have the course record and improving will be better due to my good training,” he added.
Rono, who trains under 1992 Olympic Games 3,000m steeplechase silver medalist Patrick Sang, went ahead to reclaim the title in 2019 when he managed a course record time of 2:05.00 and the championships will be returning this year after two years break due to the coronavirus that affected the sporting world.