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Track star Nyaruai targets Houston streets

Emmanuel Masinde @PeopleSports11

Track sensation Veronica Nyaruai will this Sunday take to the streets of United States of America (USA) for 42km Houston marathon in Texas.

The 2005 World Youth 3,000m champion will not be defending her Houston title but she will be competing in 42km marathon, on Monday, Nyaruai was making her final touches before she travels to USA. Speaking to People Sport, the champion of Houston Half Marathon, said that she will be seeking a podium finish because she is familiar with the route.

“I am hoping to finish in the top-three being my first marathon, but the good thing am familiar with the route, and I will do my best.” “Sunday race is very good for me and am very well prepared for the race.

But the Houston event will depend on weather conditions but I am ready,” said Nyaruai, the 2005 world cross country silver medallist. Her success on the track includes, winning a silver medal at the 2006 IAAF world cross-country junior championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

Coached by her husband Isaac Macharia, the 2007 All Africa Games 1,500m silver medallist has her best time at 31:55 in the 10km distance and has 67.58 personal best following her exploits in Huston Texas.

With age creeping in, Nyaruai decided to move out of track to road race when she won another silver at the 2012 Africa Athletics Championships in Port Novo, Benin. However, Nyaruai who has shown how dangerous she can be, said that running road races makes her feel good because age is catching up with her.

“I feel good when I run road races than track because am growing old now,” explained Nyaruai. She says that women’s road racing has improved so dramatically in the last three years, that if we want to remain close to the top in the world. We need to work very hard, and this can only happen by improving on my time.

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