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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.

Cosmas Muteti wins the Vienna City Marathon

Kenya’s Cosmas Muteti Matolo took the top honors with the second fastest time ever at the 39th edition of the Vienna City Marathon that was held on April (24) in Vienna, Austria.

Muteti was among the 17 runners including the three pacers who passed half way mark in 1:03.21 and then went on to a 30k split time of 1:30.12.

The pacers dropped out at the same time right after the 30k mark and the race for victory was on immediately. It was Eritrean Oqbe Kibrom, who was the fastest athlete on paper with a personal best of 2:05.53 that he got at the 2020 Valencia marathon that surged ahead instantly. However with kilometer splits of 2:54 and 2:51 for the 31st and 32k mark, Kibrom misjudged his potential and the picture changed with Muteti taking charge with a strong kick that Kibrom failed to respond to it. The Kenyan, who is coached by former world marathon record holder Patrick Makau, surged ahead cutting the tape in a new personal best of 2:06.53.

Kibrom was later on over taken by Leonard Langat also from Kenya who crossed the line in a time of 2:06.59 with the latter left with no option but to settle in third place in 2:07.25.

“This is my biggest victory. I hope to be able to defend my title here next year and then may be take on the course record,” said Muteti.

Charles Ndiema   and Raymond Chose both from Kenya finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 2:08.12 and 2:08.13 respectively.

LEADING RESULTS

42KM MEN

  1. Cosmas Muteti       (KEN) 2:06.53
  2. Leonard Langat      (KEN) 2:06.59
  3. Oqbe Kibrom           (ERI)  2:07.25
  4. Charles Ndiema      (KEN) 2:08.12
  5. Raymond Chose      (KEN) 2:08.32

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.

 

Derara Hurisa beats Leonard Langat to lift the Vienna City Marathon title

Ethiopia’s Derara Hurisa stole the show at the 38th edition of the Vienna City Marathon that was held on Sunday (12) in Vienna, Austria.

Hurisa took charge at the 400m to go leaving Leonard Langat with no option as he surged to cut the tape 2:09.22 with Kenyan coming home in second three seconds later.

Ethiopi’s Betesfa Getahun closed the first three podium finishes in 2:09.42

LEADING RESLUTS

42KM MEN

  1. Derara Hurisa       (ETH) 2:09.22
  2. Leonard Langat    (KEN) 2:09.25
  3. Betesfa Getahun  (ETH) 2:09.42

Swiss dreams meet African excellence in Vienna marathon

Fabienne Schlumpf and Tadesse Abraham, the two Swiss record holders, will be running in the same marathon for the first time at the Vienna City Marathon that will be held on Sunday (12) in Vienna, Austria.

“I am hoping for a double triumph for Switzerland,” says Tadesse Abraham. However they will have to overcome African excellence to achieve what would be a very memorable double victory. Ethiopian Gelete Burka head the start lists

“I am happy to be back for the Vienna City Marathon,“ said Tadesse Abraham, who was runner-up here in 2019 when he clocked his second fastest time with 2:07.24. He ran his Swiss record of 2:06:40 in Seoul in 2016. Later that year he finished in a strong seventh position at the Olympics in Rio. Five years on he did not finish in the Olympic marathon in Sapporo, Japan. “Unfortunately it did not work for me at the Olympics this time. But there are always ups and downs in sport,“ said the 39 year-old.

“After Sapporo it was not so difficult to recover physically since I had not finished the race. It was more difficult mentally. But I have a lot of experience which is helpful and it was good to then quickly refocus on the Vienna City Marathon,“ said Tadesse Abraham, who is the second fastest runner on the elite start list of Austria’s major running event.

The two Swiss will have uphill task as they will face Kenya’s trio that include Risper Chebet who carries a personal best of 2:23.45, Rebecca Kangogo of 2:24.25 and Celestine Chepchirchir  of2:24.48 all feature personal bests of sub 2:25.

It will be interesting to see what Fabienne Schlumpf is capable of achieving in such a field and just a very short time after finishing in a strong 12th position at the Olympics. “Sapporo was a dream result for me,“ said Fabienne Schlumpf, who had only run her marathon debut in April in Bern where she clocked her Swiss record time of 2:26.14. As she explained it was planned long-term to do the “Olympic Vienna Double“. “After the race in Sapporo I was very tired. It was not easy to find the right balance between recovery and restarting training. I started with some cycling and swimming. But then I even managed to include some high altitude training in St. Moritz,“ said Fabienne Schlumpf.

“Vienna will be my first city marathon with spectators and I am really looking forward to it and hope that the support of the spectators will push me,“ said the former steeplechaser. “This time I want to run a bit faster right from the start, compared to my other two marathons. It would be great if I could get a PB on Sunday.“ Elite runners with personal bests

Ethiopia’s Betesfa Getahun comes to Vienna with a personal record of 2:05:28. The 22 year-old ran this time in his marathon debut in Amsterdam in 2019 when he finished in fourth place. Kento Kikutani of Japan (PB: 2:07:26) plus Kenyan’s Bethwell Rutto (2:07:41) and Edwin Kosgei (2:07:51) are the other athletes who feature personal bests of sub 2:08 in Vienna. The men’s leading group will probably run a sub 2:06 pace. The course record of Ethiopia’s Getu Feleke, who clocked 2:05:41 here in 2014, might then be targeted.

With a personal record of 2:20:45 Gelete Burka is the fastest woman ever on a start list of the Vienna City Marathon which will see its 38th edition on Sunday. Running her personal best in 2018 in Dubai that performance was the break through for the former World Cross Country and 1,500 m Indoor World Championships gold medal winner. Gelete Burka then took the marathons in Ottawa and Paris in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

Gelete Burka admits that it was a very difficult period for the Ethiopian elite runners because of the corona pandemic. “They continued training, but otherwise they stayed home as there were no races,“ the 35 year-old said. Gelete Burka herself did not run a marathon since placing third in Chicago two years ago with 2:20:55. „Therefore it is difficult to say what will be possible for me on Sunday. But I think I am well prepared and hope for success.“

Source: runnersweb.com

Japanese quartet write history at Vienna City Marathon

Japan’s Kento Kikutani will lead a strong quartet of Japanese at the 38th edition of the Vienna City Marathon that will be held on Sunday (12) in Vienna, Austria.

This is the first time in the history of the Vienna City Marathon that a Japanese male elite team will be on the start line. And partly this development has to do with Eliud Kipchoge. When the Kenyan Olympic Champion broke the two hour barrier in the Austrian capital two years ago the world took notice of a unique running spectacle co-organized by the Vienna City Marathon. Back in Japan Kento Kikutani, Yuta Koyama, Koki Yoshioka and Daji Kawai all watched Kipchoge’s race through Vienna’s Prater Park, which is also part of the marathon course.

“I was watching the live stream. This was a huge effort by Kipchoge. I think that good weather conditions in Vienna had a big influence on the result,“said Kento Kikutani, who has a personal best of 2:07.26 from Lake Biwa this year. He is the fastest of the Japanese quartet and wants to improve his personal best on Sunday: „I will follow to pacers and then I want to go for the win after the 30k point“, said the 27 year-old, who then hold up his watch during the press conference: “At least I already have the same watch Kipchoge used in Vienna!”

Yuta Koyama is the second fastest of the four Japanese carries a personal best of 2:08.46. He is also ready for a fast race and possibly a personal best. „My plan is to go with the leading group,“ said Koyama, who also clocked his PB in Lake Biwa this year. „Vienna is a good opportunity for me to race despite the corona pandemic.”

Koki Yoshioka and Daji Kawai feature personal records of 2:10.13 and 2:10.50 respectively. Both target their personal bests on Sunday. “I really appreciate that I am able to run here during the pandemic. My goal is to go under 2:10,” said Yoshioka while Kawai stated: “Vienna is a traditional race and I am happy to run here. As there are pacers, I think the race will have a good pace. I want to stay calm and will then decide how to react.”