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World champion Geofrey Kirui almost returned after recovering from an injury

World champion Geofrey Kirui almost returned after recovering from an injury

World marathon champion in 2017 Geofrey Kirui has said he is close to recovering from injury and said he is close to fully returning to the competition, after suffering from a long-term injury.

The injury has plagued him since May this year and forced him to take part in the Boston marathon with an injury.

“I have had this Injury since the fifth month, and I even shared Boston with an injury,” said Kirui.

Kirui has confirmed that the thigh injury is 85 percent healing and he is already back in training.

“To be honest, for the past few years I have been suffering from hamstring and tendon injuries and I am continuing treatment, now I am about 85% recovering.

I do not know when I will return but preparations are progressing well I started with speed work ”said Kirui

Korir, an athlete from Keringet, says his goal is to compete in next year’s world championships in Oregon, USA.

“At the moment I do not have any race but I plan to return fully next year very much world championship” added Kirui.

Kirui attending an athletics seminar in Keringet

The Boston 20, 17-year-old Boston champion is looking forward to his future, and is confident of reaching the milestone set by world record holder Eliud Kipchoge.

“I work hard one day to run my best personal time to be like Eliud Kipchoge, World record is not easy but if you believe in God it is possible” said Kirui

To open his season Kirui who is an air force officer, will start the army cross-country race in early January next year.

Kirui also won the 10,000 meters in 2011 before competing in her first marathon in Roterdam in 2016 when she took third place, with her last world title in Doha in 2019.

Kirui is the eldest in their family of four children all athletes including Gilbert Kirui and younger brother Amos Kirui who also participates in athletics.