After breaking the World Marathon record holder, Eliud Kipchoge’s course record last year, Cybrian Kotut will be making his return to defend his title at the 37th edition of the Haspa Marathon that will be held in April 23, in the capital city of Germany
The 30 year-old crushed Kipchoge’s record of 2:05.30 that he had set nine years ago when he trounced Uganda’s Stephen Kissa with a powerful kick, setting a new course record of 2:04.47 which is his life time best with the latter setting National Record of 2:04.48.
Kotut who is a younger brother of former multiple London- and New York Marathon winner Martin Kiptolo Lel, will have to get past Ethiopia’s Mule Wasihun who comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 2:03.16 that he got at the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon where he took the bronze medal.
“A year after Cyprian’s superb course record we can again hope for a fascinating race and possibly more very fast times. A number of world-class athletes have opted to run their spring marathon in Hamburg which shows the recognition our race receives as a major international marathon, “said chief organiser Frank Thaleiser.
Another title contender is the 2017 World Marathon champion, Geoffrey Kirui who will be making his debut in the City as he carries a life time best of 2:06.27 that he got in 2016 at the Amsterdam Marathon where he finished in seventh place.
Double World 5000m champion, Muktar Edris will be making his marathon debut in Hamburg as he comes with a life time best of 58:40 that he got two years ago at Valencia Half Marathon.
Germany will put their hopes on reigning European Marathon Champion, Richard Ringer, who holds a life time best of 2:08.49 that he got two years ago at Xiamen Marathon.