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Cosmas Muteti and Vibian Chepkirui meet Austria’s President

The 2022 Vienna City Marathon winners Cosmas Muteti and Vibian Chepkirui met the Austria’s President Alexander Van der Bellen who was also the official starter of the 39th edition of the Vienna City Marathon that was held on Sunday in Vienna City.

“Every year the winners come to see me in the Vienna Hofburg. This is always nice. So this time I decided that I have to go and see the start,” said Alexander Van der Bellen.

Cosmas Muteti and Vibian Chepkirui pose after winning the 2022 Vienna City Marathon. Photo: Race Organisers

Muteti and Chepkirui will be coming back for next year’s Vienna City Marathon on 23rd April 2023. “It is my aim to win the race for a third time in a row just as Nancy Kiprop did. And when I come back next year I want to run sub 2:18 here,” said Chepkirui,

The 27 year-old smashed her Iten training partner, Nancy Kiprop record on Sunday with a time of 2:20.59.

“Nancy gave me some advice before Sunday’s race and she already congratulated me on my course record and said she is proud of me,” Chepkirui said.

Kiprop took the Vienna honors in 2017 to 2019 and clocked a course record of 2:22.12 three years ago.

Chepkirui led 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish as she was followed by Ruth Chebitok who crossed the line in second place with a life time best of 2:20.59 with Sheila Jerotich closing the podium three finishes in a time of 2:23.01.

Vibian Chepkirui smashes the Vienna City Marathon course record

Kenya’s Vibian Chepkirui defended her title in style at the 38th edition of the Vienna City Marathon that was held on April (24) in Vienna, Austria.

The 27 year-old who failed to lower the course record last year when she took the honors, executed her pace well this year to erase the old course record of 2:22.12 that was set by Nancy Kiprop in 2019.

Chepkirui who had traveling challenges last year, took charge of the race at the 10k mark with a split time of 33:11 which pointed to a 2:20 finishing time. She was six seconds ahead of fellow-compatriots Ruth Chebitok and Viola Yator.

Chepkirui wasn’t able to keep the pace due her husband, Wesley Kangongo who had an issue with his shoe lace but he managed to push her back to course time.

The 2018 Gold Coast Airport Marathon champion, Ruth Chebitok, who is one of our biggest and loyal fun increased her pace leaving behind Viola Yator and playing a rabbit role behind the defending champion.

Chepkirui stayed calm from 35km mark until around one kilometer to go when she stepped on the gas pedal leaving Chebitok gasping for air and setting a new course record and a personal best of 2:20.59.

“I am very happy to have won with a course time here in Vienna. I will come back next year and my goal will be to run under sub to 2:18,” Chepkirui concluded.

Chepkirui led 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish as she was followed by Chebitok who crossed the line in second place with a life time best of 2:20.59 with Sheila Jerotich closing the podium three finishes in a time of 2:23.01.

Ethiopia’s Urge Diro Soboka and Caroline Kilel came home in fourth and fifth place in a time of 2:27.13 and 2:29.29 respectively.

LEADING RESULTS

42KM WOMEN

Vibian Chepkirui   KEN 2:20.59

  1. Ruth Chebitok    (KEN) 2:21.03
  2. Sheila Jerotich    (KEN) 2:23.01
  3. Urge Soboka        (ETH) 2:27.13
  4. Caroline Kilel      (KEN) 2:29.29
  5. Viola Yator           (KEN) 2:30.40
  6. Teresiah Omosa   (KEN) 2:31.44

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.

LEADING TIME

42KM MEN

  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

Vibian Chepkirui to defend her title at Vienna City Marathon

Kenya’s Vibian Chepkirui will return to defend her title at the 38thh edition of the Vienna City Marathon that will be held on April, 24, 2022 in Vienna, Austria.

The 27 year-old had to cope with a major obstacle on her way to Vienna last year. She was in that group that also included Vienna’s men’s marathon winner Leonard Langat 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.

Despite all this Chepkirui ran a brilliant marathon debut and dominated the strong field. At 30K mark she was well in the lead and her split time of 1:40.37 pointed towards a 2:21.30 finish, well inside the course record of 2:22.12. “I was surprised to win the race, but I started to believe by the half way mark. Of course this was her biggest win in her career,” Chepkirui said, whose husband Wesley Kangogo was her pacemaker. “The heat was a problem though. In cooler conditions I could have run at least two minutes faster. Additionally I got problems with a calf muscle with around four kilometres to go.”

The race organisers have put together a strong women’s elite field with six athletes on the start list who have sub 2:25.00.

Chepkirui will not have an easy ride as she will face three runners who have better times on paper than her, Juliet Chekwel of Uganda and Ethiopia’s Bontu Bekele took first and second in the Sevilla Marathon in 2020 with lifetime best of 2:23.13 and 2:23.39 respectively. Another title contender is Ruth Chebitok from Kenya who comes to this race with a personal best of 2:23.29 that she got at the 2018 Toronto Marathon.

Kenya’s Sheila Jerotich, who had not raced for more than two and half years but came back with a bang coming from behind and producing a stunning finish in a time of 2:24.15 at the Istanbul Marathon last year.

The organisers have put together these strong elite women to try and attack Nancy Kiprop course record time of 2:22.12 that she set in 2019.

The Vienna City Marathon is a huge motivator for sports and activity in Austria and we recognize great anticipation to our race among the runners,” said Race Director Wolfgang Konrad.

With regard to the women’s elite runners he said: “The quality of the women’s elite field looks very promising and the course record may well be challenged by a group of runners.”

Vibian Chepkirui: From sleeping on the floor to triumph in Vienna

Kenya’s Vibian Chepkirui won the 38th edition of the Vienna City Marathon which delivered a great comeback for major international city marathon running during the pandemic.

Vibian was the top story of the day written in Austria’s capital as it was her debut marathon which she also in 2:24.29.

The 27 year-old Kenyan was clearly not among the hot favorites when she arrived in Vienna. She had never run a marathon before and in the past twelve months Chepkirui was only able to compete in a single international race due to the corona pandemic. It was a 10,000 m track event in Stockholm, where she finished eighth with a personal best of 31:09.42.

It was a tough time because of Corona. I tried to qualify for the Olympics in Stockholm, but I did not manage. After that I decided to concentrate on a marathon, “said Chepkirui, whose half marathon personal best of 69:09 did not indicate either that something spectacular might be on the cards for her in Vienna.

Vibian had to cope with a major obstacle on her way to Vienna. She was in that group that also included Vienna’s men’s marathon winner Leonard Langat 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,” explained Chepkirui’s Coach Julien di Maria. “Obviously this is not ideal two days before a marathon.”

Despite all this Chepkirui ran a brilliant marathon debut and dominated a strong field. At 30K mark she was well in the lead and her split time of 1:40.37 pointed towards a 2:21.30 finish, well inside the course record of 2:22:12. “I was surprised to win the race, but I started to believe by the half way mark. Of course this is the biggest win in my career,” Chepkirui said, whose husband Wesley Kangogo was her pacemaker. “The heat was a problem though. In cooler conditions I could have run at least two minutes faster. Additionally I got problems with a calf muscle with around four kilometres to go.”

Chekirui who is under Ikaika Management, trains in Iten and this was her first International race in 2020 where she has a personal in half marathon that she got in Prague.

Nancy Kiprop is the three-time winner of the Vienna City Marathon and she is also the race course record holder of 2:22.12. “I had planned to go after Kiprop’s record but due to the weather patterns I wasn’t able to.”

Vibian Chepkirui is hoping that both of them will be on the start line at the next Vienna City Marathon on 24 April 2022. One thing is sure: They will avoid flying to Vienna via Doha.

Vibian Chepkirui wins the Vienna City Marathon

Kenya’s Vibian Chepkirui was no match at the 38th edition of the Vienna City Marathon that was held on Sunday (12) in Vienna, Austria.

Vibian who was poised for the course record could not maintain the pace as she slowed down at the 40km mark which was slower by a minute to the race course record.

The Kenyan soldiered on despite slowing down to cut the tape in 2:24.29.

Ethiopia’s Meseret Dinke come home in second place in 2:25.31 with race favorite and the fastest athlete on paper, Gelete Burka closing the first three podium finishes in 2:25.38.

Fabienne Schlumpf from Swiss finished in fourth in a time of 2:26.31, just missing her Swiss record by 17 seconds.