Newly crowned Boston Marathon champion Lawrence Cherono has attributed his jaw dropping victory to the London Marathon heartache.
Cherono was in imperious form on Monday clocking 2:07:57 to win the title but the most intriguing part of the race was him edging Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa by a second in a classical finish that ensued between the duo.
And speaking upon arrival at the Eldoret International Airport on Thursday where business came to a standstill as close family members, team mates and admirers welcomed him, Cherono was quick to point out that the disappointing performance at the 2018 London Marathon where he finished seventh inspired him.
“My win in Boston was very important to me in that I wanted to make a mark after failing to win last year in a major race (London Marathon)) and so I wanted to put that behind me,” said Cherono.
Although he had the fastest time on the start list, he did not wear the favourite’s tag.
Upon arrival at the airport, he was received by close family members led by his wife Winnie Cherono amidst song and dance from the huge contingent of his training mates.
The 30-year-old was also quick to point out how the Boston race was tough considering the harsh weather conditions combined with the nature of the course of one the oldest races in the world.
“The Boston course is very challenging because it is actually hilly thus you have to climb and descend and at 35km mark I could feel a lot of pain in my legs,” disclosed Cherono.
The athlete who trains at the Kaptagat in Uasin Gishu County urged athletics stakeholders to organise many races in the country so as to create more exposure to athletes.
“We should have as many races so that our athletes can get a chance to gauge themselves before they go for international events,” added Cherono.
Cherono’s wife Winnie was also full of praise for his exploits which she said has brought happiness to the family.
“I congratulate him (Lawrence) for making us proud. The race was actually tough but he showed commitment and that’s why we are here celebrating,” said Winnie.
Also present at the airport was Baringo County Deputy Governor Jacob Chepkwony in whose county hails Cherono.
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