World Marathon record holder Patrick Makau yesterday found the going tough as he was beaten to third place in the 10,000m during the Administration Police Championships at Nyayo Stadium yesterday.
Peter Kirui of APTC ‘B’ won the race in a time of 29:15.0 followed by Henry Chirchir of APTC ‘A’ in 29:18.5 as Makau, running for APTC ‘B’, timed 29:31.5 for third.
Guest runner Asbel Kipsang (29:40.0) and Kennedy Melly of Rapid Deployment Unit (29:43.5) completed the top five.
Makau, known for his prowess on the road rather than the track, said he was running the shorter distance as he seeks to build up on his marathon speed. “My speed in the marathon has gone down a bit and I want to improve,” said Makau. “The race was good despite the usual challenges including the high speed.”
Makau revealed that despite his call up by Athletics Kenya to run for the country at the World Championships in Russia in August, he is yet to make up his mind on his next move. “I have not planned. I need some little time to see what to do next,” said Makau. He, however, revealed that if his form improves in time for the worlds, then he will be glad to make a bow.
He said if he doesn’t make it to the worlds, then he will focus on Berlin Marathon set for September 29 and maybe try to break his own record. Makau holds the world record in the marathon with a time of 2:03:38, set at the 2011 Berlin Marathon.
“It’s not a big deal (breaking the record),” observed Makau. “Through my training here on the track, I can improve on my speed and if all goes well, then chasing the world record will be easier.”
He said his immediate plan is to run another 10,000m race locally.
Race winner Kirui said the presence of Makau on the track was his biggest inspiration. He said he will be focusing on the national trials which he termed as very competitive. “I will try my luck and who knows, I might make a surprise and make the team to the World Championships,” said Kirui.
Double world marathon champion Abel Kirui, who had come to inspire his fellow officers, revealed that he is currently out injured and will only wait for another two weeks to assess himself ahead of the Worlds.
“I got an injury which ruled me out for six weeks but I am hoping it will have healed in time for Moscow,” said Kirui. “I have a programme on some light exercises including gym work and cycling.”