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Nancy Kiprop, Dennis Kimetto and Bounasser meet Austria President (PHOTOS)

Nancy Kiprop and Salaheddine Bounasser, the winners of the Vienna City Marathon, received extraordinary congratulations on their victories a day after the IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

They were invited to the Vienna Hofburg by the President of Austria Alexander van der Bellen, a once in a lifetime experience. Kenya’s World record holder Dennis Kimetto and the best Austrian runners were also present during the 30 minute reception.

“The Vienna City Marathon is symbolic for running together and for fair play. I have huge respect for the achievements of the athletes,” said Austria’s President. As Alexander van der Bellen explained, he had never done well in sports when at school. “However there was one event that I was good at. It was long distance running. But at school this meant running just one kilometre!”

Although turning 39 in July Nancy Kiprop has no plans to end her career anytime soon. “The future looks promising,” the Kenyan said two days before winning the Vienna City Marathon with a personal best of 2:24:18 in very warm conditions. After the race she said that she would like to come back to Vienna again next year to go for a hat trick on 7th April, which no woman has ever achieved in the 35 year history of the Vienna City Marathon.

Nancy Kiprop and as well as world record holder Dennis Kimetto together with the President of Austria Alexander Van der Bellen. PHOTO: VCM / Leo Hagen

“I have done the training to run 2:22 and break the course record. This was the goal. But once more we were unlucky with the weather. I tried, but it was getting hotter and hotter,” said Nancy Kiprop, who hopes to go again for the 2:23:47 course record next year. In 2017 she won the Vienna City Marathon with 2:24:20 in very windy conditions.

Winning in Vienna for a second times will help Nancy Kiprop further developing a venerable project. “With the money I earned for winning the Vienna City Marathon last year I was able to open a school which is around 20 kilometres from Iten, where I train. It is called the Nancy Kiprop School. I have employed four teachers and we have four classes for ages between four and seven at present. There are 50 children in the school now”, explained Nancy Kiprop, who also supports ten talented children with regard to a future running career.

“After winning the Vienna City Marathon for the second time my plan is to further extend the school. I hope to be able to open more classes and accommodate children up to the age of 15,” said Nancy Kiprop.



Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto once again could not hold his horses as he had earlier said as he dropped at the 35th edition of the Vienna City Marathon that was held on Sunday (22) in Vienna, Austria

Kimetto, who ran a world record of 2:02:57 in Berlin 2014, was hoping to rekindle his career in Vienna after a series of injury frustrations, was unable to match his past exploits in the race and had to make another disappointing drop from the competition.

The 34-year-old has not finished a marathon since London in 2016 and suffered another disappointing day as he also dropped out in Vienna.

Kimetto was clearly limping as he lost touch with the leading pack around halfway through the race and he dropped out after one hour and 20 minutes.

Dennis Kimetto runs through the Gendarmenmarkt 40 kilometers into the 2014 Berlin Marathon.PHOTO: KIRSTEN KORTEBEIN

Kimetto has struggled since mid-2015 and could not reproduce his dominant form from the years before only finishing two marathons. Those in the know will recall Kimmetto breaking the world record in emphatic fashion and it will be difficult to see any athlete breaking that record. Although the marathon stage is replete with superstars like the current London marathon winner Eliud Kipchoge and new entrant into marathon Sir Mo Farah, it will not be a walk in the park.

His most notable result was a third place in London in 2015 with 2:05:50. A year later he was ninth in London with 2:11:44.

Salaheddine Bounasser from Morocco was the surprise winner of the race he set a personal best of 2:09.29 and was followed by Ishmael Bushendich from Kenya thirty four minutes later with Samwel Maswai also from Kenya closing the first three places.

The race course record of 2:05.41 that was set in 2014 by Getu Feleke from Ethiopia remains intact.