27 APR 2004 General News

Barmasai eyes more marathons

Buoyed by being among top 20 finishers in his debut marathon at the Fortis Rotterdam Marathon, Bernard Barmasai now eyes bigger things.

Barmasai former 3000 metres steeplechase World record holder finished 15th (2:14:49) at the race held early this month.

Speaking in Eldoret, he said he ventured into the race with a resolve to abandon track and get into the world of marathon.

“The pain was too much at 25 kilometres and I almost gave up but I knew dropping out would have a serious psychological effect in my future bid,” he said.

Barmasai now wants to run in either Chicago or Amsterdam marathons that fall later in the year.

Like Paul Tergat said after taking up marathon running, Barmasai feels marathon training and running is enjoyable since its training routine puts less pressure on the athlete.

“In marathon running, you have ample time to train for a race and also time to do your own things,” he said.

He recalls that running on track keeps one so busy because one has to fulfill all meet assignments some of which are closely programmed.

David Macharia (Daily Nation) for the IAAF

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