2023 Boston Marathon Champion Hellen Obiri Ready To Defend Her Title, Talks Paris Olympic Selection

"I've been to three Olympics and in two Olympics, I've gotten number two. I do believe if I will be one of them representing Kenya, it will be my biggest opportunity to show I've been doing this on the track but now I'm a marathoner. This time it will be that time to get that gold that I've been looking for so many years."

The last time Hellen Obiri was a guest on the CITIUS MAG Podcast was way back in 2022 when she sat down with us at the World Championships in Eugene. That was just months before she made her marathon debut and ended up finishing sixth at the New York City Marathon in 2:25:49. Now, she’s one of the best in the world. Last year, she won the Boston and New York City Marathons to really showcase her potential over the 26.2 mile distance.

In less than two weeks, she will attempt to defend her title in Boston and hopefully do enough to impress Athletics Kenya’s team of selectors who will announce their marathon team for the Paris Olympics following the spring slate of marathons. I believe she would be Kenya’s best chance at gold, especially given the hilly nature of the Olympic marathon course. Obiri is a two-time Olympic silver medalist in the 5000 meters. She knows that the Olympic gold medal is something she wants to check off before she’s done running.

In this interview, we discuss her preparation for the Boston Marathon, possibly representing Kenya at the Paris Olympics and her thoughts on why women like Tigist Assefa and Sifan Hassan are running so fast.

You can listen to the full interview with Hellen Obiri on the CITIUS MAG Podcast – available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your shows.

Chris Chavez

Chris Chavez launched CITIUS MAG in 2016 as a passion project while working full-time for Sports Illustrated. He covered the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and grew his humble blog into a multi-pronged media company. He completed all six World Marathon Majors and is an aspiring sub-five-minute miler.

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