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Kipyego looks for History at Mattoni Usti nad Labem Half Marathon

Kenya’s Barselius Kipyego will defend his title at the 8th edition of the Mattoni Usti nad Labem Half Marathon that will be jeld on Saturday in Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic.

The 25 year-old smashed his own course record of 59:15 that he had set in 2016 with a new course of 59:14.

Kipyego battled with Joseph Tanui from Kenya and the late Ismail Juma from Tanzania who passed on after this race through a tragic road accident in his home of Tanzania.

The Kenyan who ran the fifth fastest time and is also targeting to write history as the first man to win the race three times, but he will not have it easy as he will face Ethiopia’s finest Guye Adola and  Kenyans Josephat Tanui and Albert Kangogo.

Adola who came to the lime light at the 2014 IAAF world Half Marathon where he won an individual bronze medal with a personal best of 59:21 and went on to lower his time at the 2014 Delhi Half Marathon in 59:06 will also be chasing his first title in Czech.

The 27 year-old Ethiopian is remembered when he debut at the 2017 Berlin Marathon challenging Eliud Kipchoge as he came second with a finishing time of 2:03.46 that made him the fastest marathon-debut ever.

Tanui on his part carries a personal best of 59:22 that he got at this race last year when he finished second behind Kipyego, will also be battling to unseat kipyego and the Ethiopian as he seeks to lift his first title over the distance.

Another title contender is Kangogo who carries on his shoulder a personal best of 59:25 that he got at the 2017 Kobenhavn in Denmark.

Japan will also bring along a strong team to Ústí nad Labem headed by Kenji Yamamoto who has a a personal best of 1:01.47 that he got at Yamaguchi, while the United States will be represented by Jared Ward,30, who comes to this race with a personal best of 1:01.42.

Martin Kosgey to battle defending champion Adola at Frankfurt Marathon

Kenya’s Martin Kosgey will face a stiff challenge at the 37th edition of the the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon that will be held in October 20, 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Kosgey who finished the last year’s edition in fourth place with a time of 2:09.39 will once again face off with the defending champion Guye Adola of Ethiopia who comes to this year’s race with a personal best of 2:03.46. He got this time at Berlin Marathon which placed him with second fastest time in the world.

Adola is the marathon runner who almost broke the lengthy dominance of the Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge a year ago. Just before 40 kilometres in Berlin the 27-year-old was in the lead but Kipchoge, unbeaten in the marathon since 2013, was able to overhaul him.

Adola finished with a sensational marathon debut just 14 seconds behind the Kenyan and the second fastest time in the world. His time of 2:03:46 was also an unofficial world record for a debut marathon (official records for this category are not maintained) since no athlete had ever run faster in their first marathon on a record eligible course.

Adola’s performance in 2017 also made him the second fastest Ethiopian ever to run the marathon behind Kenenisa Bekele and ahead of the former world record holder Haile Gebrselassie.

“I really enjoyed everything about my marathon debut until the last few kilometres,” said Adola, whose time also earned him eleventh place on the world all-time list.

The organizers expect up to 15,000 entrants for this year’s edition of the Frankfurt Marathon which is an IAAF Gold Label race, the highest category in international road running. Entries for the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon are still accepted at: www.frankfurt-marathon.com

“We are looking forward to a thrilling men’s race with world-class runners,” said Race Director Jo Schindler. “We are pleased when athletes of this calibre choose Frankfurt for their autumn marathon. It is always our aim to present world-class athletes and at the same time to offer perfect conditions for every single runner.”

Kosgey, ran what was then a personal best of 2:07.22 to finish second at the 2016 edition but when he came back last year he was forced to finish in fourth place.

Japan’s Hiroyuki Yamamoto will lead a strong contingent in Frankfurt. He ran his best of 2:09.12 in Tokyo in 2017, finishing tenth.

German record holder Arne Gabius will be returning at the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon for the fourth time. The 37-year-old has run under 2:10 in all three previous marathons in Frankfurt and no other German runner has broken that barrier for over 25 years. “Frankfurt is the best place for me. Why should I do anything different?” said Gabius whose time of 2:08.33 he set in 2015 broke the German record of 2:08.47 that was set in 1988 by Jörg Peter.