- Cheruiyot is also the Olympic 10,000m silver medallist.
- Cheruiyot made a triumphant debut in road racing when she won the Great North Run (half marathon) on her 33rd birthday on September 11, last year.
Olympic 5,000m champion Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot is ready to tackle her second half marathon race in Lisbon on Sunday as she refines ahead of her marathon debut in London next month.
Cheruiyot, who is also the Olympic 10,000m silver medallist, only arrived in Lisbon on the eve of the race, having failed to secure her Schengen visa on time.
Cheruiyot, who holds the 2011 Daegu and 2015 Beijing World 10,000m titles as well as the 2009 Berlin and 2011 Daegu World 5,000m titles, made a triumphant debut in road racing when she won the Great North Run (half marathon) on her 33rd birthday on September 11, last year.
Cheruiyot clocked 1 hour, 07 minutes and 54 seconds, beating compatriot and the 2012 Olympic marathon silver medallist Priscah Jeptoo, who timed 1:08:04.
“Training has been fine and I hope her late arrival won’t affect her performance,” said Cheruiyot’s coach Kiplagat Kirui. “This will be her first race of the season and she is in great spirit and shape.”
In Lisbon, Cheruiyot takes the battle to World marathon champion Mare Dibaba from Ethiopia as she tries to reclaim the title that was won by another Ethiopian Aga Ruti last year in 1 hour, 09 minutes and 16 seconds.
Cheruiyot will also be targeting a good time in the Portuguese capital especially the course record of 1:08:22, set by Rose Chelimo in 2015.
Also in the race is the World Half Marathon bronze medallist Mary Wacera, who is fresh from defending her World’s Best 10km Road Race in Puerto Rico on February 26. Wacera went for her third consecutive victory in the IAAF Gold Label Road Race in 31:41.