When Kenyan John Kelai starts the Mumbai Marathon on Sunday, there will be only one thing running through his mind — to qualify for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow, later this year. Though he won the event in the 2010 edition in New Delhi, the large number of top athletes in his country, means he still has to fight for a spot.
“There are over 100 top athletes vying for a spot in the CWG, so I have to be really good in Mumbai,” he said.
“The decision ultimately lies with the federation and so I hope my presence here will help my case.”
Kelai has won Mumbai Marathon twice (2007 & 2008), a race which he describes as “challenging”. “I love to come here because it is a very competitive race. More than that it’s also very challenging as the conditions can get a little tough because of the climate. I think that’s the reason why many professional athletes fear competing here.