Kenya’s Alfred Kering will be the man to watch at the 10th edition of the Marathon des Alpes-Maritimes that will be held on Sunday (5) in Nice-Cannes France.
Kering comes to this race with the fastest personal best of 2:07.10 that he got at the 2010 Paris Marathon and also a season best of 2:11.21 that he got early this year at the Marathon de Marrakech where he finished in position seven.
The 38 year-old is the most experienced runner in the field with 18 marathons under his name and three wins and has 8 marathons that he has run under 2:10.
Kering will battle for honors will Yuki Kawauchi from Japan who comes in this race with the second fastest time of 2:08.14 that he got at the 2013 Seoul Marathon and has a season best of 2:09.18 from the Gold Coast Marathon in Australia.
The 30 year-old has nine marathon under his name icluding three wins and will battle with Kering to lower the course record of 2:08.40 that was set in 2011 by Lukas Kanda from Kenya.
Another title contender is Emmanuel Sikuku from Kenya who has a personal best of 2:11.05 that he got at the 2016 Rennes Marathon and a season best of 2:12.44 that he got early this year at the Geneva Marathon in Swizerland where he finished in second behind the eventual winner Julius Chepkwony of 2:11.11.
Ethiopian Azmeraw Mengistu will be returing to this course after finishing third at last years edition with 2:12.27 and has not raced since then.
Alex Bartilol and Daniel Yator both from Kenya will also be gunning for the podium finish as they come with personal best of 2:12.37 and 2:13.13 that they got at Copenhagen and Stockhol Marathons respectively.
Kenya’s Cornelius Kangogo, who prevailed two times at the Houilles 10km and at this year’s 10km in Dongio in 28:14, will be in charge of the pace. He also has a 1:01:05 half marathon personal best.
1. Alfred Kering (KEN) 2:07.10
2. Yuki Kawauchi (JPN) 2:08.14
3. Emmanuel Sikuku (KEN) 2:11.05
4. Azmeraw Mengistu (ETH) 2:12.27
5. Alex Bartilol (KEN) 2:12.37
6. Daniel Yator (KEN) 2:13.13