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Wanjiru has record in sight

NAIROBI, Kenya, August 11- Olympic Marathon champion Samuel Wanjiru has put his injury problems behind him and is focused on defending his Chicago Marathon title.

Wanjiru who holds the Chicago course record of 2:05.41 said that he is going to use the October 10 event to prime himself to break the world record next year.
“I’ve undergone rehab on my knee in Italy. Now I’m focusing on Chicago where I hope I can defend my title,” said Wanjiru.

The former world half marathon record holder has set his sights on achieving the 2:02 mark in the full marathon in Dubai next year.

“I had a chat with my manager and we decided to go for Dubai instead of Berlin because I started my training late,” added Wanjiru.

The world record is currently held by Ethiopian legend Haile Gebrselassie who set a time of 2:03.59.

Wanjiru was speaking when plans for next month’s UAP Ndakaini Half Marathon were unveiled on Tuesday.

“Ndakaini is one of the toughest courses I’ve ever run both locally and internationally. I hope in future it can be an IAAF sanctioned event,” said the former Sportsman of the Year.

UAP Head of Marketing and Distribution Joseph Kamiri said that his company had sponsored this year’s edition to the tune of Sh5 million and announced that the prize money has been increased to Sh150,000 for the 21km race.

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“This year’s edition is much bigger than the previous ones and is expected to attract more international runners,” said Kamiri.

The organizers are expecting 2000 runners up from last year’s 1300. The race will take place on September 18.



  1. HyacinthMafia

    November 21, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Hehehe. I find it amusing that a number of months back, you categorically stated that 41vs1 was a farce and that ODM and Raila Ojinga were innocent. From you recent articles, you seem to be having an epiphany perhaps? Ojinga can shove his agendas up his posterior and stick to campaigning in Luo Nyanza and among his stone-throwing Kondele subjects. Kikuyus will not vote for him even if Kibaki personally campaigns for him everyday from today till election date 2012. Only Angela Ambitho and other Luo Nyanza pollsters believe otherwise.

    • kimani waweru

      November 22, 2011 at 12:24 pm

      I like that.

  2. Rao

    November 21, 2011 at 11:26 am

    It is sssssoooooooo unfortunate that people like Hyacinth Mafia actually exist and walk this earth and enjoy the free oxygen all breath.. The comments are full of hatred, disrespect for those older than him if only the parameter used for measure and if just 10 people think the way he does then a recipe for war is being cooked all over again.  Since when did RAO pose in Nyanza and asked its residents who are multi-ethnic to elect him by default?  As he poses why one tribe as he mentions will certainly not vote for RAO, I wonder where he get the collective mantle to speak on behalf of many, as does the writer of the blog. There is no reason why you still use the term Central/Nyanza /Rift Valley et al since what the constitution only has are Counties..  Can we Kenyans move forward and leave those behind who dwell in issues of old.  It is one’s right to vote in any person they want and for whatever reason they decide, the result of which will be evident in the results of those they elect after every 5 years.  It is an individual choice and carry equally an individuals cross in regards to the choices made, not a communities.

  3. PredictableODMpropaganda

    November 21, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    here is a prediction for free. in about a month or two, wambugu will be back with another column harping onto an ambiguous statement from raila odinga or an odm bigwig as being the response he and central kenya was waiting for. 

    ODM-R propaganda agents like wambugu are too predictable nowadays. 

  4. TK

    November 24, 2011 at 11:53 am

     wambugu u can take a donkey to the river but you cannt force it to take water .please come up with solutions that will help kenya

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