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NAIROBI Martin Jones Sharks Jersey , April 20 (Xinhua) -- Two Kenyan athletes will hope fate will be on their side as they take a leap of faith in the tough marathon competition in London on Sunday.
Olympic 5,000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot and former World Cross Country silver medalist Bedan Karoki will be running their own race to defeat their worst worries as they join the big league on Sunday at the London marathon.
The two however, are not keen to challenge for the same at the London World Championships in August and instead will return to the track competition in 10,000m distance.
Kenya will be using the London marathon as a trial event to select their marathon team for the World Championships.
Speaking in Nairobi Thursday before he left for London, Karoki said the switch from the track to the marathon has been "tough" but has said he has prepared well ahead of his debut in the London Marathon on Sunday.
"Training has been tough. Making the switch from 10 Joonas Donskoi Sharks Jersey ,000m to half marathon and now full marathon is not easy but am psyched up and leave everything else to God. I have been focusing on speed work and getting the endurance right for the event," Karoki said.
"It's a huge event but I have prepared well. I know a good performance there will change my life forever," he added.
Karoki is only keen to finish the race and if the win will fall in place for him, then he will welcome it. "How the body will react after the race is so crucial for me," he said.
"This is a new challenge and I have targets Joe Pavelski Sharks Jersey , which is to finish the race, winning will be a bonus."
For Cheruiyot, she steps up to the big challenge with set mind of a winner's mentality and will do everything possible to see that she is on the podium after the end of the 42km.
Cheruiyot, who is also the world 10,000m champion Mikkel Boedker Womens Jersey , rule out targeting specific time ahead of her debut.
"In London I want to run for the experience and to run my best. I don't want to say that I will run a particular time because it is my first marathon and I want to run without pressure," she said.
ABUJA, June 2 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Friday said it is scaling up support to the rescued Chibok girls in Nigeria through four targeted intervention areas aimed at rehabilitating and reintegrating them back into the society.
Presenting dignity kits to the rescued 106 girls in the nation's capital Abuja, the UN agency said it will focus on psycho-social support and counseling, shelter and welfare Tim Heed Womens Jersey , reproductive health services and medical care, as well as skills acquisition and empowerment, for the girls in rehab.
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Last Tuesday, 82 of the Chibok girls were admitted to a government facility in Abuja where 24 others, who were earlier rescued, were also being housed.
All of them were among 276 schoolgirls abducted in April 2014 by the terror group in Chibok community of the northeastern state of Borno in Nigeria.
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""Today's event is another demonstration of your commitment to the wellbeing of the released Chibok girls,"" Alhassan added.
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MINSK, May 17 (Xinhua) -- Belarus' gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.5 percent year on year in the first four months of 2017, the National Statistical Committee of Belarus said on Wednesday.
The official statistics said in January-April 2017 the volume of industrial production and agricultural production grew 5.4 percent and 2.1 percent respectively compared with January-April 2016.
Compared with the same period of the previous year, investments in fixed assets fell 7 percent in January-April 2017.
The Belarusian government expects to increase its GDP by 0.2 percent in the first half of 2017 and by 1.7 percent at the end of the year.
In 2016, Belarus' GDP declined by 2.6 percent.
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