Kampala- Ugandan long-distance runner Stephen Kiprotich says he must only get better after his plan failed to materialize at the Toronto Marathon in Canada.
Carrying a lot of optimism and searching for a national record (below 2:06:33), Kiprotich instead ran his slowest time in two years in the province of Ontario on Sunday.
“I have never ran a race like this,” Kiprotich opened up to Daily Monitor via phone from Canada. “... I trained well but on the day, the body refused to respond,” he miserably said.
Kiprotich feels he should have earned a better finish than seventh where he posted a time of two hours, 11 minutes and six seconds.
In rather windy conditions, the Ugandan failed to show the mark of a 2012 Olympic champion.
“From the very first kilometre, I couldn’t feel it,” said the 29-year-old as Kenyan Benson Kipruto won in 2:07:24, a victory worth 30,000 Canadian Dollars (Shs86m). Kiprotich’s place on the team to the Doha World Championships next September now lies in doubt. “Earlier I had thought of it (Doha) but now because I haven’t posted a good time I may not be selected,” he pondered.
But he still has a small window if he runs a marathon with a sub-2:08 early next year, probably in Tokyo or Hamburg.
“Whichever (race) but in a few days, we shall have discussions for this season and the coming one (with his Global Sports Communication management),” added Kiprotich.
2018 Toronto Marathon
1 Benson Kipruto (KEN) 2:07:24
2 Augustino Sulle (TAZ) 2:07:45
3 Felix Kandie (KEN) 2:08:29
4 Cameron Levins (CAN) 2:09:24
5 Jake Robertson (NZL) 2:09:51
6 Daniel Teklebrhan (USA) 2:10:02
7 Stephen Kiprotich (UGA) 2:11:06
8 Anthony Maritim (KEN) 2:13:06
9 Philemon Rono (KEN) 2:13:36