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Abel Kirui wants you to know he’s ready to dance if he wins Chicago again

The two-time world marathon champion says he hopes to be dancing, as he did after winning in the Windy City in 2016, at Sunday's Chicago Marathon

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One of the more energetic characters of the global athletics scene is Kenya’s Abel Kirui, who isn’t afraid to show off his best dance moves, even after running 42.2K.

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“I have arrived in Chicago for [the] Chicago Marathon,” the 2:05:04 marathoner says on Twitter. “I hope to be dancing on the finish line again.”

The Kenyan with a Canadian connection – he won Halifax’s Blue Nose Half-Marathon in 2015 – is part of the NN Running Team, a squad which boasts big names such as Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele. Kirui is the defending Chicago Marathon champion, a two-time world marathon champion and the 2012 Olympic marathon silver medallist.


The 35-year-old is one of the favourites to win in Chicago on Sunday and will go up against the likes of Dennis Kimetto, the men’s marathon world record holder, Olympic silver medallist Feyisa Lelisa and Olympic bronze medallist Galen Rupp.

In 2016, after running 2:11:23 in a win that helped resurrect his career following his struggles between 2012 and 2016, Kirui was able to bust a move for the crowd seconds after crossing the finish line.