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The rematch in Vienna, Leonard Langat Vs Derara Hurisa

Kenya’s Leonard Langat will be heading to defend his title at the 39th edition of the Vienna City Marathon that will be held on April 24, 2022 in Vienna, Austria.

Langat had finished in second place in a time of 2:09.25 but was reinstated to first position after Derara Hurisa was disqualified.

The 31 year-old had to cope with a major obstacle on his way to Vienna last year. He was in that group that also included Vienna’s women’s marathon winner Vibian Chepkirui who were flying via Doha from Nairobi and missed their connecting flight. The plane from Kenya had been delayed. They were stuck in Doha and the airline did not care. So they had to sleep on the floor.

There will be unprecedented depth in Vienna’s men’s elite field with five athletes featuring personal bests of sub 2:06. The elite line up is led by Mekuant Ayenew from Ethiopia who comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 2:04.46 that he got at the 2020 Zurich Maratón de Sevilla where he took the honors.

Ayenew is the second fastest runner ever entered into a Vienna City Marathon behind former world record holder Dennis Kimetto who had the world leading time of 2:02.57. Kimetto did not finish the 2018 race.

There will also be a rematch between Hurisa, who had crossed the line first last year but was then disqualified for inadvertently wearing an illegal racing shoe, and Langat was declared the winner.

Hurisa became the first athlete to be disqualified for wearing an illegal shoe in a major city marathon last September in Vienna. The Ethiopian had come to the race with a personal best of 2:08.09 and he cu the tape first in a time of 2:09.22. However it appeared that the shoes he wore had a sole thickness of five centimeters while a maximum of four is allowed

These runners bring high quality performances and often emotional stories to our race, “said Race Director Wolfgang Konrad. “We are very happy to welcome back both winners from last year to Vienna. And we keep our fingers crossed for Derara Hurisa, who will also return.

Eritrea’s Goitom Kifle comes to this race with a personal best of 2:05.28 that he got at the 2021 Maraton Valencia Trinidad Alfonso and Bahrain’s Marius Kimutai who comes to the race with 2:05.47 that he got at the 2016 Amsterdam Marathon where finished in bronze position.

The other sub 2:06 athletes include Oqbe Kibrom from Eritrea who also comes with third fastest time of 2:05.53 and Ethiopian Abdi Fufa of personal best of 2:05.57.

The race organisers have assembled this high quality of elite athletes to chase the race course record of 2:05.41 that was set in 2014 by Getu Feleke from Ethiopia.



  1. Mekuant Ayenew   (ETH) 2:04.46
  2. Goitom Kifle           (ERI) 2:05.28
  3. Marius Kimutai      (BAH) 2:05.47
  4. Oqbe Kibrom          (ERI) 2:05.53
  5. Abdi Fufa                (ETH) 2:05.57
  6. Derara Hurisa        (ETH) 2:08.09

Patrick Makau: Eliud Kipchoge’s marathon mark will last long

Retired marathoner Patrick Makau says it will take a long time and special talent to challenge Eliud Kipchoge’s world record mark.

Kipchoge attained in blistering pace clinching the Berlin Marathon title in 2:01.39. His previous best of 2:03.05 had been attained in 2016 in winning the London marathon.

He made two attempts on the world record of compatriot Dennis Kimetto in 2015 and 2017, but missed out owing to poor weather.

However, that wait was worth as he shaved off one minute and 18 seconds off the world mark to write his name in the history book as the first man to run under two hours and two minutes.

“I watched the race for sure he made it look so easy unlike those before him who broke the record on the same course,” said Makau, who reclaimed the world mark from Haile Gebreselassie with a time of 2:03.38 back in 2013.

“Kipchoge has put it too far. Anyone targeting that mark will know it will be a hard shot. It will take years before someone does it. I am happy for him because he has been persistent since 2012,” added Makau.

Makau, 33, who has been forced to retire because of a tendon and knee injuries saw his mark broken by Wilson Kipsang in 2013 clocking an impressive 2:03.23, but again that went even further down with Kimetto arriving on the scene a year later to take the record to 2:02.57.

In all cases, the elite runners were breaking off seconds off the main mark, but for Kipchoge to slash off 78 seconds, it shows his position as the greatest ever to grace the race.

Kenya’s Paul Tergat was the last man to take such a huge step when he broke Khalid Khannouchi’s 2:05.38 record in Berlin in 2003 with a time of to 2:04:26.

It was also the largest single improvement on the marathon world record since Derek Clayton improved the mark by 2:23 in 1967.

Meanwhile, celebrations continued in Kenya for the iconic performance with calls for the Kenyan government to honor and reward their star athlete.

Makau has run in over 20 marathons, finishing at least 11 of them ever since his debut in Rotterdam in 2008.

Source: xinhuanet.com

Eliud Kipchoge: The stats behind his world record at the Berlin Marathon

Imagine getting on a treadmill, setting it to 13mph, then running at that pace for two hours one minute 39 seconds.

Or imagine running 100m in 17.2 seconds – and if that sounds slow, try it – and then doing that another 420 times without pause.

Most of us wouldn’t last more than a minute or two; new marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge is emphatically not most people.

Improvements big and small

The first time the marathon was run over its current distance of 26.2 mileswas at the 1908 London Olympics, when it was won by American Johnny Hayes in a time of 2:55:18.

A lot had changed in training and technology since then, and four years ago, Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto became the first man to go under 2:03, clocking 2:02:57, also in Berlin. Kimetto took 26 seconds off the previous record, which itself was an advance of 15 seconds – modest increments as the record nudges in the direction of the two-hour mark that many still doubt is humanly possible.

On Sunday, Kimetto’s compatriot Kipchoge broke the record by 78 seconds.

It is the largest single improvement on the world record in more than 50 years, since Australian Derek Clayton knocked it down by 2mins 37secs in 1967.

To put all this into some perspective, the average time for non-elite male runners at the London Marathon is 3:48 – more than an hour and three-quarters slower than Kipchoge’s record.

*Times rounded to nearest minute

Marathon king

Kipchoge is the reigning Olympic champion

Kipchoge, 33, has competed in 11 marathons. He’s won 10 and finished second in the other.

He has won the Berlin Marathon and the London Marathon three times each, and holds the record for each course.

Marathon Result
2013 Hamburg 1st
2013 Berlin 2nd
2014 Rotterdam 1st
2014 Chicago 1st
2015 London 1st
2015 Berlin 1st
2016 London 1st
2016 Rio Olympics 1st
2017 Berlin 1st
2018 London 1st
2018 Berlin 1st

By the way, if an improvement like Kipchoge’s was unusual, the location was not. Sunday was the seventh time the record has been broken in 15 years – each time it has happened at Berlin.

More perspective

Kipchoge’s average speed was 13mph, an average pace of 2.52km/h for each kilometre of the 42.195km race.

To break that down further, he ran every 400m in 68.8 seconds.

He covered 30km in 1:26:45, also the fastest time ever recorded for that distance.

Kipchoge ran the second half of the Berlin Marathon even quicker than the first, finishing the final 13.1 miles in 1:00:33

As Jon Mulkeen from the IAAF points, it’s enough to give you cramp just thinking about it.


Eliud Kipchoge thrashes world Marathon record

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge smashed the world marathon record hold at the 42nd edition of the Berlin Marathon that was held on Sunday (16) in Berlin, Germany.

Kipchoge who has won nine out of ten marathons that he has participated in thrashed the marathon record that was set in 2014 by Dennis Kimetto who ran 2:02.57 with the new marathon world record.

The 33-year-old broke the previous world record set in Berlin by fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in 2014 by 1 minute and 18 seconds.

Already the winner of his last eight marathons – including Olympic gold and three victories in London – the only thing to have eluded Kipchoge was Kimetto’s world record of 2:02.57 that was set in German capital in 2014.

Kipchoge, did not just beat it, he destroyed it. Shattered it. Put it so far out of reach it is difficult to envisage anyone surpassing it for years to come.

His incredible winning time of 2:01.39 was a full 78 seconds better than the previous mark – the first time the world record had been lowered by more than a minute in a race for 39 years and the single greatest improvement for 41 years.

“I lack words to describe this day,” Kipchoge said after becoming the first person to finish a marathon in less than 2 hours and 2 minutes. “I have run 2.00, 2.01, 2.03, 2.04 and 2.05. The next season I want to run 2.02.”

“They say you miss two times but you can’t miss the third time,” he said in reference to his two previous failed attempts to break the world record in Berlin.

The Kenyan defended his 2017 title in the German capital, pulling ahead of other runners early on amid perfect conditions. Mild autumn temperatures and little to no wind gave the runners an advantage over last year, when rain slowed the race.

The double Olympic and world medallist over 5,000m, it’s over the marathon distance that Kipchoge has flourished in recent years. He has now broken 2hr 5min on eight occasions and last year came within 25 seconds of becoming the first man to go below two hours under controlled conditions as part of a Nike project.

Berlin debutant and birthday boy Amos Kipruto came second in 2:06.23, followed by a third Kenyan, former world-record holder Wilson Kipsang, with 2:06.48.

Shogo Nakamura of Japan narrowly missed setting a new national record with a time of 2:08.16.

Wilson Kipsang’s Brother to pace for World Record Bid in Berlin

New York Marathon silver medalist Wilson Kipsang will be paced by his younger brother Noah Kiptoo Kiprotich in his attempt of setting a new world record at Sunday’s BMW Berlin Marathon.

Kiprotich, 29, is looking forward to a good run at the Berlin Marathon and help Kipsang reclaim the world record which was brocken by Dennis Kimetto in 2014.

Kiprotich, who started elite running in 2015 said his work is to run up to 31km and leave his elder brother Kipsang to carry on.

“I want to help my brother lower the course record, which is the world record. I will be looking forward to a good race,” said Kiprotich.

Kiprotich has been training with Kipsang since the latter returned from the New York Marathon last year.

Kipsang held the world record for one year when he broke it in 2013 by clocking 2:03:23 to eclipse the 2:03:38, which had been posted by compatriot Patrick Makau.

Kimetto improved the mark to become the first man to run under two hours and three minutes by clocking 2:02:57 in 2014 on the same course.

Eliud Kipchoge targets world record at Berlin Marathon

Eliud Kipchoge insists, again, it’s not his goal, but he takes another crack at the world record at the Berlin Marathon, on Sunday.

“I just want to run my personal best, which stands at 2:03:05,” Kipchoge said Tuesday, according to Reuters, his typical pre-race mindset. “If a world record also happens, that will be good enough.”

Kipchoge, the 33-year-old Olympic champion from Kenya, is expected to challenge the 26.2-mile record of 2:02:57, set by countryman Dennis Kimetto at the 2014 Berlin Marathon.

“Eliud is going there to run for a world record,” countryman and pacer Sammy Kitwara said, according to Reuters. “He is hoping to run a world record of 2:02:40 or thereabouts.”

Kipchoge has come close to the world record in Berlin before.

In 2015, Kipchoge ran 2:04:00 to win with his soles flapping out from the backs of his shoes.

In 2017, Kipchoge won Berlin in 2:03:32, surely slowed by the weather — rain and humidity on the pancake-flat roads of the German capital.

In 2016, Kipchoge clocked his personal-best marathon of 2:03:05 in London, which makes him the third-fastest marathoner ever after Kimetto and Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele (2:03:03).

But Kipchoge may be best known for clocking 2:00:25 in Nike’s sub-two-hour marathon attempt in May 2017 on a Formula 1 race track in Italy. The time wasn’t record-eligible, however, as Kipchoge had the benefit of pacers shuffling in and out and drinks being given to runners via mopeds.

Not counting the breaking-two attempt, Kipchoge has won eight straight marathons, which is the longest streak at the highest level of the event in at least 50 years. Other legends Abebe Bikila and Haile Gebrselassie‘s streaks topped out at six.

Though Kipchoge is a veteran, he may still be in his marathon prime at age 33 and in his 11th go at the distance.

Gebrselassie’s fastest marathon came at age 35 (in his ninth marathon); Bekele at 34 (in his fourth marathon) and Wilson Kipsang (the only man to break 2:04 four times) at 34 (in his 16th marathon).

Then there’s the course. The last six times the marathon world record was lowered, it happened in Berlin. Seven of the eight fastest times in history (on record-eligible courses) were recorded in Berlin in the last seven years.

Kipchoge would likely benefit from other fast runners pushing him. That could come in the form of Kipsang and Eritrean Zersenay Tadese, the half-marathon world-record holder, both in Sunday’s field.

Top U.S. marathoner Galen Rupp and four-time Olympic track champion Mo Farah are slated for the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 7. Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor defends his New York City Marathon title Nov. 4.

Source: olympics.nbcsports.com


Wilson Kipsang targeting world record

Wilson Kipsang will be in Berlin once again this Sunday as he seeks to reclaim the world record he held after running 2:03.23 in 2013, bettering the time previously set by Kenyan compatriot Patrick Makau by five seconds.

At the same time the 36-year-old Kipsang, who is based in Iten, Kenya, will be renewing his rivalry with Eliud Kipchoge once more. Their most recent meeting took place on the same course a year ago where Kipchoge emerged the winner of the race in 2:03:32 while Kipsang dropped out at the 30-kilometre mark due to a stomach problem.

Fully aware of the opposition that awaits him in reigning Olympic Champion Kipchoge, Kipsang is diplomatic about his chances of winning a second Berlin Marathon title.

“I am feeling very good. Training is going well and I’m looking forward to run good again in Berlin,” Kipsang says in an exclusive interview with KweséESPN. “For sure with Eliud in the field it will be a difficult race. But I will be ready.”

With the 2017 edition of the race affected by rain and humidity which derailed most of the contenders from their quest on the streets of Germany’s capital, this time around the weather conditions are predicted to be sunny with intervals of clouds and sunshine.

Those conditions should favour the elite men, which apart from Kipsang and Kipchoge includes fellow Kenyans Eliud Kiptanui and Amos Kipruto as well as Ethiopia’s Abera Kuma. Kipsang confirmed that these factors have to align with each other especially on a fast course like Berlin: “If you go to Berlin, you want to go fast.”

“So the world record is on my mind. But let us wait and see how the weather will be and how the race will unfold,” he added

The towering marathoner, comes into the event on the backdrop of winning Tokushima Marathon in March this year, a month after he was forced to abandon Tokyo Marathon 15 kilometres in due to illness.

Kipsang also believes that last year’s New York City Marathon, which saw two-time world half-marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor beat him in a sprint finish, shows that he still has the requisite pace to threaten the record books.

“This year in Tokyo I was sick, things like that can happen. Last year after Berlin, New York Marathon was happy to give me a second chance and I was happy to take second position there.”

As he approaches his sunset years in the sport, he was coy about his future after Berlin.

“I do not know yet what is next after this race. After Berlin, we, together with management, will make plans for the rest of this year and early 2019,” he concluded

Kipsang has won four World Marathon Majors titles, London (2012 and 2014), Berlin (2013), New York City (2014) and Tokyo (2017).

He also boasts of being the only man to run sub 2:04 four times and apart from him, three other Kenyans in Paul Tergat (2003), Patrick Makau (2011) and Dennis Kimetto (2014) have broken the world record on the Berlin Marathon course.

As such, Sunday’s race will provide the Kenyan with another chance to join Haile Gebrselassie in the exclusive club of shattering the barrier twice… and it doesn’t come more iconic than with the Brandenburg Gate looming in the background.

Source: kwese.espn.com

Dennis Kimetto Tips Kipchoge, Kipsang to Break World Mark in Berlin

World Marathon record holder Dennis Kimetto has tipped compatriots Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge and former holder Wilson Kipsang to break the world record at the Berlin Marathon slated for September 16 in Germany.

Kimetto believes either of the athletes Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge (2:03.05) and New York marathon silver medalist Wilson Kipsang (2:03.13) can run away with the world record.

Kimetto said the two Kenyan athletes have the strength and skills to run the fast Berlin Marathon course in under two hours and 50 seconds and break his world record that stands at 2:2:57.

“Kipchoge is the best bet so far but Kipsang has the ability to sprint and win if he has his tactics right,” said Kimetto.

Former World marathon record holder Patrick Makau warned that it will not be easy as breaking the record requires more than skill, strength and pacesetters.

“In my experience, breaking a world record requires more hard work, experience, mental and physical strength as well as a favorable course and weather conditions,” he warned.

Eliud Kipchoge offered Car to Break World Record

Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge will drive off a new Isuzu Dmax double-cab pick-up worth Sh20 million should he break the world record.

Truck and bus manufacturer, Isuzu East Africa, on Wednesday made the pledge after renewing its partnership with the decorated athlete as Isuzu Dmax brand ambassador for another two years.

This year, Isuzu has extended its partnership with the Olympic champ and promised him a car, should he break the record set by another Kenyan (Dennis Kimetto) with a time of 2 hours 2 minutes 57 seconds, set at the 2014 Berlin Marathon.

The renewed brand ambassador partnership comes just one week before Eliud leaves the country for the Berlin Marathon, which will take place on Sunday 16th September, 2018.

The partnership will also see Kipchoge receive a new Isuzu Dmax luxury double-cab for his training and personal use, as well as full servicing of the vehicle during the period of the partnership.

Isuzu EA will also award the Olympic champion with an Isuzu luxury double-cab pick-up valued at Sh5.9 million if he breaks the marathon world record in any of his other international races.

Besides its partnership with the marathon champion, Isuzu EA is also the official transport partner of the Kenya Rugby Union since 2016.

Speaking at the partnership signing ceremony at Isuzu EA offices, Isuzu managing director Rita Kavashe said the renewal of the brand ambassador partnership is a testimony of the success realised over the first year.

“One year ago, we announced our first ever brand partnership with a sports personality, Eliud Kipchoge. Eliud resonates particularly well with the key attributes of the Isuzu brand,” she said.

“Through his world class performances, he has demonstrated remarkable strength, resilience and reliability in the races he has participated in. We’ve seen great value in bringing together these two strong brands. We are proud to have Eliud as our Isuzu Dmax brand ambassador.” she said.

Kipchoge noted that many challenges are faced by the sporting community in Kenya and was happy that Isuzu EA was taking the lead in promoting sports in Kenya.

“Isuzu EA’s steadfast support to my running career sends the important message that major corporates have a significant role to play in sports building at all levels, from local grassroots to international levels,” said Kipchoge.