It’s my time! Lone ranger Kipruto not deterred by absence of mates

“This is my time!” That was the precise answer from Kenya’s lone ranger, 2019 World marathon bronze medallist Amos Kipruto, when asked about his expectations for Sunday’s London Marathon.

The 30-year-old from Kapsabet said being the only Kenyan in the race gives him good pressure to work hard and deliver, knowing that 50 million-plus Kenyans will be watching him.

“Some opportunities come only once and I have a strong feeling that this is my time. This is a huge opportunity for me to win my first major, and I hope everything goes well for me on Sunday,” said Kipruto, who is making his debut at the London Marathon.

Mental and physical form

“I know I am the only Kenyan in the race but have the capability to do well and perhaps help my country recapture the London title,” said Kipruto, who has been preparing for the race for the last five months under coach Claudio Berardelli and the Gianni Demadonna management.

Olympic champion and world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge is the last Kenyan to win in London, sealing his fourth victory in the British capital in a course time of two hours, two minutes and 37 seconds in 2019.

Kipruto said his mental and physical form is better than when he finished second behind Kipchoge at the Tokyo Marathon on March 6 this year in personal best 2:03:13.

Kipchoge won in a course record 2:02:40.

“After Tokyo Marathon, I took a break to recover but I have been training for five months. I am here not to try but win the title,” said Kipruto.

He predicted fast times “if good weather and pacesetting will permit,” adding that it’s his wish to take down some minutes off his personal best.

Kipruto noted that having a strong training group that has the likes of Vincent Kipchumba, who finished second during the 2020 and 2011 London Marathon, last year’s Boston Marathon champion Benson Kipruto, Hamburg marathon champion Cyprian Kotut and Vanice Chebet has pushed him to be a better athlete.

“You can never be scared of anything in such a group. I am sure the end results will manifest itself on Sunday, God willing,” explained Kipruto.

Kipruto had the fourth fastest time in Sunday’s field of 2:03:13 behind Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele (2:01:41), Birhanu Legesse (2:02:48) and Mosinet Geremew (2:02:55).

Defending champion Sisay Lemma, also from Ethiopia, has a personal best 2:03:36.

Kipruto paid tribute to his coach Berardelli, saying he has had quite an interesting time with them for many years.

“He has transformed me into a world class athlete, running the World Marathon Majors and championship races. I am glad he will be there on Sunday to watch me. He has been a mentor to me,” said Kipruto as he described Berardelli as a superhero to many.

“I have learnt a lot from him in and out of athletics. He has been more than a father and a parent and it’s my prayer that I will make him happy on Sunday,” said Kipruto.

Berardelli noted that Kipruto’s calmness is what has amazed him and that the time for his athlete to win his first major marathon has come.

‘One of the protagonists’

“He has what it takes because is he in a unique moment for his career where he has enough experience but still fresh,” said Berardelli, adding that finishing second in Berlin in 2018, third in 2018 Tokyo and second in 2022 Tokyo coupled with a bronze at the 2019 World Athletics Championships set the stage for Kipruto.

“He is now one of the protagonists in a marathon like London which is no doubt the most competitive race. It will be tough but we are here and training went on well in Kapsabet,” said Berardelli, adding that Kipruto has the right mixer of tension but at the same time relaxed.

Marathon’s intricacies

“This is a good sign of someone who has done what is required of him but of course every season demands a different approach.

“Kipruto’s body is still in long adaption, changing season by season,” said Berardelli, adding that his protégée is in good shape as he was in Tokyo, but cautioned that every marathon has its own intricacies.

AM Live

AM Live is NTV's morning current affairs show that sets the agenda for the day with insightful panels every weekday.


Business Redefined

Business Redefined is Kenya’s premier thought leadership platform for unpacking matters regarding economic and finance policy as well demystifying complex developments in the region’s capital markets.


A collection of our premium content. Diam curabitur vehicula A collection of our premium content. Diam curabitur vehicula

Full Episodes

A collection of our premium content. Diam curabitur vehicula A collection of our premium content. Diam curabitur vehicula

Gumzo La Sato

Gumzo La Sato is a live social issues show that aims to create awareness about issues affecting the larger society. The discussions range from Parenting, Marital bliss and struggles, Oppression, violence, and all matters of the Heart.

Health Diary

Health Diary is a weekly show that highlights different types of diseases/conditions and seeks ways to prevent, treat/manage them. The show debunks this through real life stories and also feature specialists in different fields, to offer medical advice on the same.

Letter To My Younger Self

Letter To My Younger Self is a podcast where guests get to write a letter to their younger self, from which Maxine formulates questions to ask them during the hour-long show.

Mazao Talks

Mazao looks at agriculture and agribusiness

Nation Reports

Nation Reports is a weekly podcast offers an opportunity for listeners to interact with various reporters and journey with them as they unravel the biggest most emotive stories.

One Health Lens Podcast

Discussing health matters and human stories from Kenya and across Africa. We talk big picture from people to policy, ecosystems, and everything in between. Follow us on LinkedIn:

Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost peeks through the story of Louis Otieno, the times, and everything in between.



Speaking of GEN Z

Speaking of Gen Z brings you entertaining but meaningful conversations about a generation that is trying to navigate through adulthood. Join hosts Michelle, Jackie and Esther as they unravel all things Gen Z.

Sport On

Sport-On is a 30-minute sports magazine show on NTV and 3 hours on NATION FM. The show seeks to give the sports “fanatics” and “funatics” comprehensive and in-depth coverage of sports both locally and internationally.


The extent of technological growth is beyond mere acknowledgment; it has seamlessly integrated into our daily existence. A few years ago, the notion of paying electricity bills through mobile money or recharging with 'tokens' in Kenya seemed inconceivable. Online product sales were considered distant, and artificial intelligence is rapidly reshaping various facets of our lives. Amidst these technological leaps, those with a solid understanding of tech can navigate challenges, seize opportunities, and build a sustainable livelihood. Tech over Show aims to be the platform facilitating discussions among thought leaders, innovators, tech companies, and the government, addressing challenges and opportunities in Kenya's thriving tech industry.


Thamani is a business show which is dedicated to emerging issues regarding micro, small and medium size businesses.

The Politalk podcast

This is The Politalk podcast. Here we look into the ins and outs of everything Kenyan politics. We pull no punches and have no reason to sugarcoat anything that matters to Kenyans.

The Trend

A two-hour-long live show that airs on Fridays. The show focuses on what is current in the entertainment industry, controversial and popular across all media platforms targeting those aged between 25 and 35 years.

The trend podcast

The trend podcast highlights and captures the best of banter from #TTTT segment that airs every Friday on NTV. It's the TTTT EXTRA

The Wicked Edition

The Wicked Edition with Dr. King’ori seeks to address serious issues through humour and relatable wit. It is a two-part half hour show filmed in front of a live audience


A collection of our premium content. Diam curabitur vehicula A collection of our premium content. Diam curabitur vehicula


Twende is a travel show that highlights beautiful, unique, diverse locations, people, and cultures. The show offers fresh perspectives on familiar locations and memorable experiences in new ones.


This Saturday evening lifestyle show lets viewers share their stories and life experiences as openly & honestly for the purpose of shifting the culture of silence.

VIP Access

VIP ACCESS is Anyiko Owoko’s YouTube and podcast show on Music and Culture dedicated to promoting Africa’s most promising talent and creatives. This podcast grants you VIP access into timeless interviews while providing a platform for rising as well as established artists across the continent. Since launching in 2018, Anyiko has interviewed over 70 African music stars.


This weekly news show aims to have all sides of debate but not be constrained by it, listen to main voices in the contest but not allow them to hold the viewers hostage, entertain debate but allow push back with all due respect.

When death do us part

In this podcast, three widowers openly speak about the process of grief, how they found themselves exposed to the emotional turmoil of losing their wives, and how society still does not know how to deal with them.

Your World

Your World is a health, wellness and variety show. It provides a platform for audiences and experts to share their experiences on how to improve or manage health issues, across Kenya and the Africa region.