The world marathon record holder Dennis Kimetto is looking to resurface his reputation in the Bogota Half Marathon on Sunday (31) 2016.
The Kenyan is famous for being the first man to run under 2:03:00 to 2:02:57 classic distance to achieve in the 2014 Berlin Marathon.
However, the last 12 months have not been easy for Kimetto after failing to finish the World Championships and the 2015 Fukuoka Marathon Japan last December, in addition to achieving only modest performances in the races he has participated. His last competitive outing was in the 2016 London Marathon achieving a 2:11:44 to finish at position 11 in which he attributed to stomach problems.
The Bogota Half Marathon will be the first race for Kimetto in South America and hopes to continue the winning streak of Kenya in the capital of Colombia dating back to 2011 when the friend and training partner Geoffrey Mutai won with a record of 1: 02: 20.
The altitude of 2600 meters in Bogota usually avoid fast times, but that will not be a problem for Kimetto who hails from the Kenyan town of Eldoret , which is around 2,100 meters. The surrounding hills where he trains regularly reach up to 2,700 meters.
Kenya’s Marius Kipserem has also run impressively over the marathon distance this year, winning in Rotterdam in a personal best of 2:06:11 and although his half marathon best is a relatively modest 1:02:17, that was run at altitude in Nairobi and if he is in that sort of form, he could also challenge the course record of 1:02:20, set by his compatriot Geoffrey Mutai in 2011 shortly after his famous win in the Boston Marathon in 2:03:02.
Another man familiar with the race is Kenya’s Issac Macharia, who won three consecutive editions from 2007 to 2009, but has not been in the sort of form that took him to the hat-trick of victories for several years and his last international outing was when he failed to finished the Fukuoka Marathon last December.