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Fit again Makau targets World Record

Speaking during the launch of the sixth Mwea Classic Marathon, Makau said he has recovered fully and will run in a half marathon in Germany in September before competing in next year's Tokyo Marathon/FILE

Speaking during the launch of the sixth Mwea Classic Marathon, Makau said he has recovered fully and will run in a half marathon in Germany in September before competing in next year’s Tokyo Marathon/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, August 18 – After being sidelined for eight months with a knee injury, former marathon world record holder Patrick Makau is back on his feet and has set his sights on recapturing his record.

Speaking during the launch of the sixth Mwea Classic Marathon, Makau said he has recovered fully and will run in a half marathon in Germany in September before competing in next year’s Tokyo Marathon.

“The injury on my left knee was bad; it sidelined me for eight months. I was not happy seeing my colleagues winning in my absence but I have now recovered fully and I’m ready to go for it,” the 29-year-old whose last
major competition was at 2013 London Marathon stated.

“I am fit; my focus is to break the record again by lowering Kipsang’s time when next season begins. It’s a big possibility because it’s just amatter of training,” said the two time world half silver medallist.

Makau who broke Haile Gebrselassie’s 2:03:59 record at the 2011 Berlin Marathon, reigned for two years before Kipsang set a new world best of 2:03:23.

Apart from focusing on the world record and the coming international races, Makau has commenced a project in Ngong where he is training young and upcoming athletes to be future world beaters.

His charges will compete at this year’s Mwea Marathon on September 6.

“I have a plan to take ten athletes under my tutelage to the Mwea Classic Marathon. I have been nurturing them since 2011.”

“I believe time has come for them to go out there and prove themselves,” noted Makau, while urging other elite athletes to start personal projects in their various counties to raise athletics standards in Kenya.

As the race ambassador Makau said he cherishes his humble beginnings in the event which propelled him to stardom.

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“I am urging Kenyans to take part in it because it is the event that helped me get started and played a huge role in realizing my dreams.”

The event which targets 3,000 participants includes 21K

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  1. arap ronno

    September 28, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Another disaster so soon after the Sinai Fire. This Government has lost control and should just dissolve itself.
    This is a bloody mess

    • Emword

      September 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm

      Mr Rono why does it always have to be the government? Government this, government that……when shall we as individual take the responsibility as individuals.

      • Nurkey Husene

        September 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm

        A case like this is coz of total negligence of an individual…where does the government come in?

        • Janesmith

          September 28, 2011 at 4:28 pm

          Well dont forget that some of these individuals are ignorant or better yet not well educated no forgetting common sense is not common to everyone. However if they government and those in leadership can ensure that these companies are following procedures and also proper training then that can help

    • Gakeniaperis

      September 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm

      hae rono,[email protected] daz the government have to do with ths???dint you read the article well???”The leakage emanated from a scrap metal yard after a worker there tried to open a drum that contained the chlorine.”so i dont understand y yo blaming the government…

    • Latonesha

      September 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm

      Arap Rono, you are the likes of ‘tunaomba serikali’ even if your behind is being roasted for reasons of your own making!

  2. Murage

    September 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    It is too annoying how tragedy keeps following Kenyans everywhere… The government should do its best to teach and train its people on such dangers. Health and safety committee anyone??

    Just a suggestion!

  3. Wilkins

    September 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    This is a black September for Kenya. There have been too many incidences on poor Kenyans.

    • bens

      September 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm

      indeed it is black september and the poor Kenyans are really suffering at the behest of rich uncaring politiacians and leaders

  4. sisemikitu!

    September 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Am tempted to wonder at times whether ‘Kenyans are living just to die and not vice versa’!

  5. Maddo Wanyex

    September 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Maybe when football will improve in our country we’ll have: CapitalfmFC, NMG FC, SG FC, The Stars ( Leave H. Stars alone) Safcom FC, Zain FC, YU FC (Yuts United for YU!) The Oranges beat Green(safcom) 2-1. Citi Hoppa FC. Bunge FC (funded by the occupants) obviously every taxpayer would be against it! Ghetto FC, HBR FC, Kiss FC (yeeeeeew!) The Metros watu wa reggae, Royal Media FC……Oh, Convicts FC………….Man soccer would be so immense that idlers, touts, muggers, jobless, unattached school leavers would have something to clutch on. Our boys are getting lost and few can bear the blunt edge of marriage hence our gals are going the other way too. Does the government recognise boys?!

  6. John L.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    this is saddening. trouble after trouble for kenyans

  7. Anonymous

    September 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    The government comes in through NEMA and method of disposal of any chemical. How did it leave the factory and what was it meant for in the factory or wherever the drum came from.You know KPL used to clean their pipes by disposal to city council drainage, where was NEMA. These chemical was supposed to have found it way to that river in industrial area but somehow it was given to poor jua kali man to dispose so that he can use the drum. 

  8. Pauline048

    September 28, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    this is soooo sad OMG i dont hav an idea of wat is happening in Kenya…Jesus

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