World marathon record holder Dennis Kimetto will be looking to redeem his image as he heads to the 44th edition of the Honolulu Marathon that will be held on Sunday (10) in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
The 33 years-old who ran the fastest marathon debut in history in Berlin in 2012 of 2:04:16. And in 2014, he became the first athlete in history to break two hours and three minutes in the marathon. He clocked a head-turning 2:02:57 to set a new world record in Berlin.
Kimetto has struggled to reach the podium since his world record performance, with the recent dropping out at the 20km mark in Chicago Marathon.
Kimetto who vowed to lower his record after watching the trio of Eliud Kipchoge, Kenenisa Bekele and Wilson Kipsang failed to lower the record at the Berlin Marathon after the much hyped pre-race plan.
The Uasin Gishu born athlete will battle for honors will the course record holder and defending champion Lawrence Cherono.
Cherono set the course record last year when he cut the tape in 2:09.39 lowering the previous record of 2:11.12 that was set in 2004 by James Muindi.
The 29 year-old also holds the Amsterdam Marathon course record of 2:05.09 and has also vowed to lower it this year.
“The weather last year, wasn’t conducive to me because it was so cold but am heading there this time to attack that time,” said Cherono.
“My training has been well and i will ensure that I defend my title.i know it will not be easy but am hoping for better results,” added Cherono.
Other title contenders include Wilson Chebet who won the Honolulu Marathon in 2014 and has run the second fastest ever time in Honolulu (2:10:49) in 2016. Festus Talam ran the 2016 Honolulu Marathon as a pacesetter. He returns in 2017 to fight all the way to the finish.
Another hopeful is Titus Ekiru who surprised many when he broke the course record at Seville Marathon on his debut with a personal best of 2:07.43.
Vincent Yator comes with a personal best of 2:13.04 that he got at the 2013 Amsterdam Marathon and this will be his first time to race in Honolulu.