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Recovering Makau close to return

MAKAU-GYMITEN, Kenya, February 20- Two-time Berlin Marathon champion and former world record holder, Patrick Makau, is close to a comeback to competition as he continues recovering from injury.

“He and our management team are to make a decision soon if Patrick is to return to racing at the peak of his shape or if more cautious approach is to be chosen by having Patrick participate in several shorter tune-up races before his return to marathon distance,” his management International Athletics Consultancy (IAC) stated in a statement released from Iten.

The training regime of the 2012 Frankfurt Marathon champion as he continues recovery from knee injury consists of morning runs (of varying lengths and at varied speeds) and evening easy runs or gym sessions, as he continues with rehabilitation process with the goal to improve kinetic chain and resume with racing and competition stronger than ever.

“Established Dutch physiotherapist, Robert Jongh has spent several days with Patrick and his manager, Zane Branson, and it is evident that Patrick is making solid progress.

“Jongh has treated in 2013 (at his offices in The Netherlands) minor to moderately serious injuries of two highly accomplished IAC’s clients, Joyce Chepkirui and Margaret Wangari, and we are looking forward to continue to develop capacity with Robert’s assistance,” IAC added.

It is expected Makau who is said to be in high spirits will make several public appearances (related to adidas, United Nations Environmental Programme and at least one IAAF Gold Label Road Race) in Europe and potentially Africa in period between March and June.

Makau is UNEP’s Clean Air Patron, supporter of World Marathon Challenge (Save The Children) and supporter of United Against Malaria program.

Escape from a life of squalor is what inspired Makau, who blew away Ethiopia’s running legend, Haile Gebreselassie’s 2:03:59 world record in men marathon running with his 2:03:38 winning performance in Berlin in 2011 to start running.

“I wanted to do anything in athletics that would help me out of poverty,” he said in 2007.

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“I grew up under a lot of hardship and was only interested in getting a better life. When I started out on the road and saw how much money it brought, I decided to go on. My earnings from athletics have helped my father’s family and improved our lives,” he added at the time.

Wilson Kipsang lowered Makau’s record last September in Berlin when he raced 2:03:24 with his predecessor who withdrew from the race after failing to recover in time watching/

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