Kiplagat and team keep Kenya’s marathon hopes high in Beijing

Edna Kiplagat celebrates after winning the
Edna Kiplagat celebrates after winning the women's marathon at the 2013 IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on August 10, 2013. PHOTO | OLIVIER MORIN | AFP 

Edna Kiplagat spent a large portion of her 11-hour flight from Nairobi to Beijing keenly knitting together every tiny detail for her hat trick at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in China.

Kiplagat, winner of marathon titles at the 2011 Daegu and 2013 Moscow World Championships, is the captain of a Kenya’s women marathon quartet that left for Beijing on Monday.

“There’s always the excitement and chills that ran down your body when the countdown nears the big day. Every second your mind has to stay gambling around the ideas you need to win,” Kiplagat says.

“It is never easy to defend a title because most people you are lining up against have ever competed against you before,” said Kiplagat in Iten as the team packed for Beijing.