Former World Half Marathon record holder Florence Kiplagat who has not competed in any race this year says she is ready to reclaim Chicago marathon title this Sunday in the United States city.
Kiplagat who last won the title in 2016 did not finish last year’s race after dropping out after 25km mark citing a muscular injury.
Kiplagat, has struggled to regain fitness after she suffered career threatening muscle cramping in last year’s Chicago Marathon race.
She dropped out of the race after 25km mark, citing a muscular injury that ultimately prevented her from defending her Barcelona Half Marathon title in March.
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Kiplagat has not competed in any race this year, so this year’s race in Chicago will mark her return to competition.
Kiplagat will face stiff challenge from compatriot Bridged Kosgei, who held on to clinch silver medal behind eventual winner Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia last year.
In the men’s competition, World marathon champion Geoffrey Kirui’s will lead his compatriots including Abel Kirui, and Augustine Choge in this Sunday’s race.
Reigning Tokyo Marathon champion Dickson Chumba will take part in this year’s race after missing the race in 2017.
Chumba who won Chicago marathon title in 2015 says he is confident of recording a fourth top three finish this Sunday despite the star-studded filed that includes united States’ Galen Rupp and Mo Farah of Britain
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