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Joel Kimurer to battle Nicholas Kirwa at the Paris Marathon

Kenya’s Nicholas Kirwa will battle for top honors at the 45th Paris Marathon that will be held on Sunday (17) in Paris, France.

Kirwa comes to this race as the fastest runner on paper with a time of 2:05.01 that he got at the Generali Milano Marathon in May of this year.

The 27 year-old will face off with Joel Kemboi Kimurer whom they met in Milano but Kirwa beat him hands down as he gave a kick of a life time leaving Kimurer with no option but to settle in second 2:05.19.

Two more Kenyans will also be on the start list, Elisha Rotich and Stephen Chebogut. Rotich comes in as the second fastest runner on paper with 2:06.44 while Chebogut has a pb of 2:05.52 that he got at the 2015 Eindhoven Marathon.

Ethiopia have put their hopes in Abdi Fufa who carries a personal best of  2:05.57 that he got early this year at the Xiamen Marathon where he finished in second place.

Ethiopia’s Ashenafi Moges and Moris Munene Gachaga from Kenya have been lined up also to fight for the honors. Moges has a personal best of 2:06.12 that he got at the 2019 Maratón Valencia while Gachaga holds a pb of 2:06.24 that he got at the 2019 Amsterdam Marathon.

France has their hope in the fastest French man Hassan Chahdi who holds 2:09.11.

The race organisers have assembled this team of elite athletes to try and lower the race course record of 2:05.04 that was set in 2014 by Kenenissa Bekele from Ethiopia.

Desisa wins Hamburg Marathon as Kenya and Uganda flops

Ethiopia’s Solomon Desisa took top honors at the 33rd edition of the Hamburg Marathon that was held on Sunday (29) in Germany.

Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich was among the two East African runners to hold onto the three Ethiopians but he lost the lead and dropped back. At 35 k he is around half a minute behind the leaders. A group of four pass this point in 1:44:56. Ethiopians Ayele Abshero, Tadu Abate and Solomon Deksisa as well as Kenya’s Solomon Yego are in the lead.

Solomon Deksisa wins the 2018 Hamburg Marathon.Photo: Organisers

A thrilling duel develops: Abate briefly took the lead at around 39 k, however he missed a bottle and then Deksisa attacked again surging ahead to cut the tape in 2:.06.34 leading a 1-2-3 Ethiopian clean sweep.

He was closely followed by Abate 20 seconds later with Abshero closing the top three podium finish in 2:07.19.

The first Kenyan to cross the line was Solomon Kirwa Yego who finished fourth in 2:07.37 with Uganda’s finest distance runner Kiprotich coming home fifth in 2:07.57


1.Solomon Deksisa   (ETH)  2:06.34
2.Abate Tadu            (ETH)  2:06.34
3.Ayele Abshero       (ETH) 2:07.19
4. Kirwa Yego           (KEN) 2:07.37
5.Stephen Kiprotich  (UG)  2:07.57
6. Vincent Kipruto     (KEN) 2:10.31

7.Stephen Chebogut   (KEN) 2:10.33
8.Aychew Bantie       (ETH)2:11.16
9.Emmanuel Mutai    (KEN) 2:11.57
10.Ezekiel Chepkorom (UG) 2:1312

Kimutai to battle Kiprotich at Hamburg Marathon

Veteran marathon runner Emmanuel Mutai of Kenya believes he is ready to run at the top level as he heads to the 32nd edition of the Hamburg Marathon that will be held on April 29 in Hamburg, Germany.

The organizers have confirmed that a strong elite field is prepared for the Hamburg Marathon and believes the course record will be up for grabs.

Olympic Champion Eliud Kipchoge holds the Hamburg Marathon course record at 2:05:30, set in 2013.

“I have run a faster time before in marathon and I will be hoping to gain similar success in Hamburg. I know there will be a lot of athletes eyeing the title, but I have the ability to challenge anyone for the gold,” Mutai said on Monday in Eldoret.

Mutai will be the fastest runner in the field having clocked in at 2:03:13. However, he faces a spirited challenge from former Olympic winner Stephen Kiprotich from Uganda.

There will also be Sammy Kitwara with more Kenyans, (Vincent Kipruto and Stephen Chebogut) lined up eyeing a share of the pie.

The Ethiopian group leader is Ayele Abshero with 2:04:23 best, Solomon Deksisa and 2014 winner Shumi Dechasa with 2:06:43.

In the women’s field, there are six runners with sub 2:30 bests. On top of the list is Sweden’s Isabellah Andersson with 2:23:41, a national record, and she plans to qualify for Berlin Marathon with posting fast time in Hamburg.

But she will be up for a strong contest from Kenya’s track star Sylvia Kibet, who has a strong and fast time in marathon of 2:26:16. Shitaye Eshete from Bahrain has 2:25:36, and Namibia’s Beata Naigambo boasts 2:26:57. Rounding out the field, from Portugal, Filomena Costa comes in at 2:28:00.