The 2016 Paris Marathon champion Cyprian Kotut has confidence of winning the 36th edition of the Mainova Frankfurt marathon that will be held on 29th October in the Frankfurt, Germany.
The 25 year-old who comes from a running family, Kotut will be seeking to improve on his time through a win in Frankfurt.
“My preparation for the race is on course, fit enough for the marathon. I want my personal best through a win. I know there will be serious competitors like Mark Korir among others but I will have to do my best,” said Kotut, the young brother of double London marathon champion Martin Lel.
He added that going for his fourth marathon in his career, he has gained enough experience.
“With such experience, I have the capability to lift the title. Right now am going through the programme given by my coach and am now 70% to face the rest and come the material day, I will be 100% fit,” concluded Kotut.
Korir will be a thorn in the flesh for Kotut as the 32 year-old has won a significant marathon title in each of the past two years. In 2015 he triumphed in Paris with what remains his personal best of 2:05:49 and a year later won the Frankfurt title in 2:06:48.
Kotut will face off with Mark Kosgey who sprang a surprise in last year’s edition of the Frankfurt Marathon by finishing second with a big improvement on his personal best. He came into the race with a personal best of 2:09.50 and emerged as Korir’s toughest opponent, crossing the line in the Festhalle in 2:07.22.
The European contingent has been strengthened with the recruitment of Henryk Szost of Poland, whose best is 2:07:39. He will join the German record holder Arne Gabius on start line. The latter ran 2:08:33 to break the national record in Frankfurt two years ago.
The race Director Jo Schindler said, “It’s very unusual to be able to re-unite the entire podium on the start line, one year on. It’s given us the chance to assemble what should be a fascinating contest.”