Kenya’s Gilbert Kirwa will be targeting the course record at the 28th edition of the Hannover Marathon that will be held on 8th April in Hannover, Germany.
Kirwa who is coming to this race with a personal best of 2:06.14 that he got in 2009 at the Frankfurt marathon, will be targeting to lower the course record that was set in 2013 by Lusapho April from South Africa.
Kirwa is hoping to return to his best on Hannover’s very flat course, which was improved for this year’s race by taking out several corners. The 32-year-old has run sub-2:08 times on five occasions, but has been slowed by injuries in recent years. Not having run any other races this year, he’ll arrive in the norther German city fully focused on this marathon appearance.
Kirwa will battle for honors with his fellow country-mate Jacob Cheshari, who won the title three years ago with a time of 2:09.32. The Kenyan has a personal best of 2:07:46 which he ran in Frankfurt in 2013 when he finished fourth.
Another title contender is Poland’s Henryk Szost, who has a personal best of 2:07.39. He finished seventh in Frankfurt last October, clocking 2:10.09 in very windy conditions.