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Former world marathon champion Kirui eyes London title

irobi, March 31: London 2012 Olympic Games marathon silver medalist Abel Kirui hopes his lust to clinch the London marathon title will filly be answered on April 22. Kirui will be making his fifth stop in London marathon having finished in fifth place in 2010 and a year later he was not lucky to finish the race pulling out with an injury. But despite the disappointment, the 35-year-old has said he believes in winning clean and will never be tempted to use performance enhancement drugs. "This will be my 25th marathon. I have raced at the level consistently and each time I fail or I get injured, I always come back strong. That will be a motivation for me as I return to London in April," Kirui said on Saturday from Eldoret. Last year, Kirui rrowly missed out on a podium place when he clocked 2:7:45 to finish fourth. Compatriot Daniel Wanjiru won in 2:05:48, with Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele (2:05:57) and Kenyan Bedan Karoki (2:07:41) making it second and third respectively. All the four athletes will be back in London this year. "I have always yearned to clinch a medal at the London Marathon race. Last year, I came very close, but I had no energy left as I saw Karoki speed past me in the fil metres. But I have done well in training and hopefully, this year I will get my wish," he added. IANS

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