Ugandan road runner Stephen Kiprotich will compete in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday, October 21.
The 2012 Olympic and 2013 World Marathon champion is not satisfied with his personal best of 2:06:33, and set himself a target of cutting down on the time.
“I am really happy and training hard and looking forward to compete in this big race in Toronto,” Kiprotich said last Month.
Kiprotich will be the first Olympic champion to race at the IAAF Gold Label event. He will be looking to dethrone his training partner Philemon Rono in what could be an intense battle.
The pair have discussed going for a sub-2:06 time which would reward the winner with an additional CDN$50,000. First place is worth CDN$30,000.
“I was speaking with Rono and I asked him what the course is like. He said the course is good and nice. I was telling him if we go fast for the first half in 63 minutes, we can push at the end to 2:05. He told me it is possible.
“I have the two medals but also I want to run a faster time than 2:05. Most of the people they look at my times and they ask me how did you win these two medals in poor times? So it is my hope to run a good time before I retire.”
Kiprotich and his partner will face competition from New Zealander Jake Robertson who holds the country’s marathon record of 2:08:26 set early this year at Lake Biwa, 2014 Dubai Marathon winner Ethiopian Tsegaye Mekonnen as well as Kenyans Felix Kandie (2:06:03), Benson Kipruto (2:07:11), Augustino Sulle (2:10:01) and John Korir (2:09:14).
Kiprotich has not won a marathon since 2013 but he has come second thrice. Tokyo in 2015 as well as in Hamburg and Fukuoka last year.
The Marathon is scheduled to start at 8:45 am local time (3:45 pm, Ugandan time).