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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

Asrar Abderehman breaks the Seville Marathon course record

Ethiopia’s Asrar Abderehman broke the course record at the 37th edition of the Seville Marathon that was held on Sunday (20) in Seville, Spain.

Abderehman took charge of the race at the 35km and never looked back as he surged ahead and erased the previous record by three seconds. The previous record of 1:04.46 had been set by Mekuant Ayenew also from Ethiopia in 2020.

Abderehman came to this race with a personal best of 2:07.33 that he got last year at the Amsterdam Marathon where he finished in twelfth position. The Ethiopia led a 1-2 podium finish as he cut the tape in a new personal best and course record of 2:04.43 taking off more than three minutes from his previous pb.

Asrar Abderehman breaks the Seville Marathon course record. Photo: Race Organisers

He was followed by Adeladlew Mamo who was making his marathon debut crossing the line in second in a new personal best of 2:05.11 with the 2015 World Marathon Champion Ghirmay Ghebreslassie from Eritrea closing the podium three finishes also with a new personal best of 2:05.33



  1. Asrar Abderehman         (ETH) 2:04.43 (CR, PB)
  2. Adeladlew Mamo            (ETH) 2:05.11 (debut)
  3. Ghirmay Ghebreslassie  (ERT) 2:05.33

Herpasa Negasa to battle Daniel Kibet as he defends his Istanbul Marathon title

Ethiopia’s Herpasa Negasa will be heading back to Istanbul to defend his title at the 43rd edition of the Istanbul Marathon that will be held on Sunday 7 November 2021 in Istanbul, Turkey.

The current elite list features ten men who have personal bests of sub 2:08. Only a few international marathons this year were able to assemble such a deep field. Ethiopia’s Negasa is the fastest on the list as he comes with a personal best of 2:03.40 that he got at the 2019 Dubai Marathon.

The 28 year-old has not competed internationally for more than two years and the Istanbul Marathon will be only the second race of the year for the athlete.

Mekuant Ayenew also from Ethiopia comes also with a personal best of 2:04.46 that he got at the 2020 Zurich Maratón de Sevilla. The 29 year-old holds a season best of 2:09.34 that he got in Milan.

Another Ethiopian is Yitayal Atnafu Zerihun comes also with a personal best of 2:06.21 in Dubai when he finished in fifth place.

The race organisers have assembled a rich field of elite athletes who will target the race course record of 2:09.44 that was set by Daniel Kibet from Kenya in 2018. Kibet is so far the only Kenyan who will be on start line, was taken as a race pacer but he decided to go all the way to set the current record. The 25 year-old will battle the defending champion Negasa.

Istanbul Marathon will be one of the biggest road races worldwide since the start of the pandemic. As last year an extensive hygiene concept will be in place to comply with the regulations.

“We have been organizing both local and international races for athletes during the pandemic. This year we are returning to the traditional course at the Istanbul Marathon. An exciting and competitive marathon awaits us, “said Renay Onur, the Race director.

The 2021 champion will have $35,000. The runner-up will bag $20,000, and the prize for the third-place athlete will be $10,000.

Chemlany leads elite runners to compete in Prague Marathon

Former Macao Marathon champion Stephen Kwelio Chemlany is leading a slew of Kenyan stars at this year’s Prague Marathon on May 6.

Chemlany has had a good performance in Asia, winning in China and South Korea at the Seoul Marathon.

However, he seeks to dominate a new fortress as he heads to Europe, eyeing the Prague title against a top international lineup, which includes Chicago Marathon champion Galen Rupp.

“It will have top names because the course there is good. But it is down to what you do in your preparations and then wait to see how the opponents perform against your running. I have no worries of injuries and am focused on doing the job right in Prague,” Chemlany said on Wednesday from Eldoret, Kenya.

Chemlany, who has been training in the USA, was runner-up at the 2011 Berlin Marathon and came fourth at the 2013 Berlin Marathon.

He leads five Kenyan runners including Japhet Kosgei (2:08:88), Barselius Kipyego, who clocked 2:13:06 last year in Ljubljana, Duncan Maiyo and Felix Kibitok, who is making his debut in the marathon.

America’s Rupp, who dropped out of the Boston Marathon two weeks ago, is hopeful to be back to fitness just 20 days after his failed attempt in his home country.

Rupp dropped out of Boston Marathon, which was held under cold and windy conditions, because of breathing and hypothermia problems.

The course record in Prague is held by Kenya’s Eliud Kiptanui at 2:05:39 and has stood the test of time since 2010. In each of the last nine editions of Prague Marathon, the winning time has been under two hours and nine minutes.

Rupp’s personal best is 2:09:20, which he ran to win last year’s Chicago Marathon in October.

Other athletes expected to race in Prague include Sisay Lemma of Ethiopia (2:04:08), Bazu Worku (2:05:25), Mekuant Ayenew (2:09:00) and Japan’s Suehiro Ishikawa (2:09:10).

source: xinhuanet.com