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Kipsang heads east as he targets Tokyo marathon record

irobi, Feb 11: Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang has taken his training for the Tokyo marathon a notch higher as he seeks his first win in over a year.

Kipsang, whose last victory in marathon was back in 2015, has been struggling for form and came close to winning in Berlin last year but was edged out by Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele, reports Xinhua.

However, as he increases his workouts ahead of the Tokyo marathon on February 26, Kipsang believes he will be ripe for the win.

“I have done really well in training. I have been doing of late the track training to get my body ready for Tokyo Marathon. I need to work on my speed, which comes in handy at the finish line,” he said on Friday from Eldoret.

The 35-year-old said the huge fincial incentive on offer in Tokyo was not what swayed him to go east and not to the western world.

“They gave reasons and convinced me to run in Japan. Now I have the inspiration and intend to fulfil just that. I hope it will be a win for me,” he said. Winners in Tokyo will take home $85,000.

This year’s Tokyo Marathon, the 11th event, marks the start of a new decade and round in the World Marathon Majors. IANS

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