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48 | SPORT ATHLETICS | Seven Kenyans confirm participation Kirui, Kabuu for Tokyo Marathon Double World champ set to make comeback in Japan after more than a year with injury BY AYUMBA AYODI @AyumbaAyodi firstname.lastname@example.org D ouble World marathon champion Abel Kirui and Olympic silver medallist Lucy Kabuu are among Kenyans set to line up at Tokyo Marathon on February 23. According to the race website, the 31-year-old Kirui, who is making a comeback after almost one year in the cold due to an injury, is among seven Kenyans preparing for the race. The World marathon champion in 2009 Berlin and 2011 Daegu, who won silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics, sustained a leg stress fracture that saw him miss the 2013 London Marathon in April. The injury saw him fail to defend his title at the 2013 Moscow World Championships in August. Kirui, who has been training in Iten said he will attempt to lower his personal best of 2:05:04 that he posted at the 2009 Rotterdam Marathon when he finished third. “I thank God for fighting for me. I thought the injury would take longer to heal yet it only took one year,” said Kirui. “I want to return a sub 2:03 or sub 2:04 this year, probably in Chicago in October.” Kirui recounted the disappointment of losing the London Olympics battle to Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich. “It was very disappointing to lose the world title in Moscow and worst of all Kiprotich doing it again at the London Olympics,” said Kirui, who is eyeing to recapture his World title next year in Beijing, China. Classy showdown Besides Kirui, 2012 champion Michael Kipyego and 2013 Paris Marathon champion Peter Some, are also bracing up for a classy showdown in Tokyo that has been included the World Marathon Majors. The field also has the 2011 World Cross Country junior champion Geoffrey Kipsang, who was placed fourth at 2013 Rotterdam Marathon, Sammy Kitwara (fourth-2012 Chicago Marathon) and 2011 Rome Marathon champion Dickson Chumba. But the Kenyans are up against I believe this is my time and victory in Tokyo will boost my morale. I had a bad outing in Moscow but I am now focused on new things. I have the ninth fastest time (2:19: 34) ever in marathon yet I’m yet to win any event” Lucy Kabuu a star-studded challenge especially from Ethiopia what with the Moscow Worlds bronze medallist Tadese Tola in the mix. Meanwhile, Kabuu, who was placed fifth at the 2012 London Marathon, said she wants to make up for her poor finish at the Worlds before attempting to recapture the Commonwealth Games 10,000m title she won last in 2006 Melbourne. Kabuu is seeking her maiden marathon victory after making her debut with a second place finish in personal best 2:19:34 at the 2012 Dubai Marathon. DAILY NATION Tuesday February 4, 2014 FOOTBALL Real Madrid boss Ancelotti furious as Ronaldo sees red at Athletic Bilbao. P.51 Sleepless is Seattle after S. Bowl win New York Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Car- roll was partying all night at age 62 with his championship squad Monday, hours after routing Denver 43-8 in Super Bowl 48. “We had a great party that was roll- ing at our place. Everybody was so excited about the accomplishment,” said Carroll, the third-oldest Super Bowl champion coach. “Sleeplessness was in order around our building last night. We can sleep some other time.” Seattle-based rap singers Macklem- ore and Ryan Lewis, who won four Grammy Awards a week earlier, sang at the bash as the National Football League’s youngest team celebrated in style and started talking about a title repeat. “We’ve seen the effort it takes to get to this point. We’ll try to replicate it and do it again,” said linebacker Malcolm Smith, the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player. “We’re looking forward to the challenge of having a target on our back and people coming after us.” Interception for touchdown Smith returned an interception for a touchdown and recovered a fumble, two of four turnovers caused by dominant Seahawks defenders who have adapted to rule changes to reduce concussions yet still deliver full-force hits to rivals. “Even with the rule changes, you PHOTO | FILE Abel Kirui gestures after victory in the men’s marathon during the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, on September 4, 2011. Kirui will take part in the Tokyo Marathon. Murray leads Britain’s Davis Cup challenge San Diego Andy Murray beat Sam Querrey in four sets Sunday to send Great Britain into the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup for the first time since 1986. Wimbledon champion Murray (right) posted his second singles victory of the season, downing Querrey 7-6 (7/5), 67 (3/7), 6-1, 6-3 to capture the needed third point in the best-of-five match tie. RUGBY France flanker Antoine Burban will miss next Sunday’s second Six Nations fixture against Italy with a hamstring problem and will be replaced in the squad by Ibrahim Diarra of Castres, team announced yesterday. FOOTBALL 4-0 Britain had seized a commanding 2-0 lead on the opening day on Friday as 175th-ranked James Ward pulled off a remarkable comeback win over Querrey. Ward won 10 of the last 11 games to grab the five-set triumph, after Murray had crushed Davis Cup newcomer Donald Young in straight sets. Young was a late replacement in the US squad for injured John Isner. The formidable doubles duo of Bob GOLF Atletico Madrid’s victory over Real Sociedad that moved them to the top of La Liga on Sunday night. Woods in India for exhibition round Tiger Woods arrived in New Delhi yesterday for his first visit to India, where he will play a round with special guests at a private event organised by a motorcycle company. The world number one arrived from the United Arab Emirates where he had competed in the Dubai Desert Classic, and was whisked from the VIP area at the airport under tight security. Woods is expected to play an 18-hole round with special invitees at the heavily guarded Delhi Golf Club this morning. and Mike Bryan had kept the Americans alive with a doubles victory over Colin Fleming and Dominic Inglot on Saturday. However, Querrey couldn’t prevent Britain from posting their first Davis Cup win over the United States since 1935. In the quarter-finals Britain will face Italy, who sealed a 3-1 victory over Argentina in Mar del Plata on Sunday. (AFP) CRICKET Warne considers English coaching job Australian bowling great Shane Warne, so often the cause of England’s demise, offered Monday to think about reviving the old enemy as the country’s next coach. As England players flew home in the early hours following a final defeat in Sydney, Warne took to Twitter in answer to calls for him to apply for the role. “To my English followers, I’m flattered that you would like me to consider the England job,” Warne tweeted. can still have an intimidating presence,” Smith said. “We’ve tried to change the way we play to still be legal and keep things effective.” The Seahawks, who allowed a league-low 14.4 points a game this season, will enjoy a parade in Seattle on Wednesday as they begin work to defend the crown. “That starts tomorrow. Our guys would be surprised if it didn’t,” Carroll said. “We will take this in stride and have a big celebration. We won’t miss the fun part of it but that won’t stop us from setting our sights on how this is going to go.” The Super Bowl victory was the first major sports crown for a Seattle team since the 1979 SuperSonics, now the Oklahoma City Thunder, won the NBA title. (AFP) ATHLETICS Uganda’s Abraham Kiplimo won the Beppu-Oita marathon in Oita in southern Japan on Sunday with a personal best time of 2:09: 23. Masato Imai finished second seven seconds back and fellow Japanese Kenichi Shiraishi was third at 2:10:36.
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