The winner of the inaugural Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon, Marius Kipserem is going to utilize the second stage of the race as a key to the upcoming London Marathon and a possible qualification to the Tokyo Olympics scheduled for 2020.
The 31-old sportsman turns out to be the first confirmed male elite runner for the 42.2-kilometre distance. He’s expected to come to the capital to defend his title.
So, the Kenyan sportsman decided to take the same path that brought him Abu Dhabi and Rotterdam marathon titles last year. He hopes for another course record as well as personal best timings.
In April 2018, in Rotterdam, the Kenyan sportsman became a winner for two hours, six minutes and eleven seconds, while in December in Abu Dhabi he managed to improve that achievement finishing with the outcome of 2:4:12.
The sportsman told that he liked the race in Abu Dhabi he took part last year but this time he hopes it will help him to compete in London. He puts a lot of value on the upcoming London Marathon because an upbeat outcome can give him a ticket to the Olympics where he can complete in the country’s four-person marathon squad. The Olympics is his number one dream and he’ll be happy to make it come true.
The sportsman did a good job since his performance in Rotterdam. Now hopes to demonstrate his skills in Abu Dhabi.
He added that he enjoys the local weather and the long and flat stretches of road. Marius told that since his last performance there he feels even more confident.
In October, he’s going to run as a pacemaker for Eliud Kipchoge, the world as well as compatriot record holder on his sub-two-hour race bid in Vienna at the INEOS 1:59 Challenge. Marius told he hopes to learn a lot from the counterpart in the race.