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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.

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.”

Kiprop eyes course record while Kimetto Targets strong finish in Vienna

Nancy Kiprop will return to the Vienna City Marathon on Sunday (22) in even better form than she was in when winning at the IAAF Gold Label road race 12 months ago.

Last year in unfavourable conditions the 38-year-old Kenyan clocked 2:24:20, the second-fastest women’s time in the history of the race and just 33 seconds shy of the course record set 18 years ago by Italy’s Maura Viceconte.

After winning in the Austrian capital, Kiprop went on to smash her half-marathon PB with 1:07:22 in Ust Nad Labem and finished second at the Honolulu Marathon. More recently, she won the Venloop Half Marathon in 1:07:49, smashing the course record by more than two minutes.

“It is my goal to run faster than last year and break the course record,” said Kiprop, who, after a career spanning almost 20 years, is not yet thinking about retirement. “The future looks promising; I feel I am getting younger, not older.”

Kiprop will likely need to be near to her best to win again in Vienna as she’ll face three runners with superior PBs.

With a best of 2:22:51, set when finishing fourth in Berlin last year, Helen Tola is the fastest in the field.

“I wouldn’t say that I am the favourite,” said the Ethiopian, “but I have trained well.”

Fellow Ethiopian Fatuma Sado also hopes to set a personal best. Earlier this year she won the Xiamen Marathon in 2:26:41, her fastest time since setting a PB of 2:24:16 in 2015.

Merima Mohammed’s PB of 2:23:06, set in 2010, dates back even further. The Bahraini athlete ran the Nagoya Marathon little more than a month ago and so might not be running on fresh legs in Vienna.

“Although it might get quite warm during the race, we still hope that the course record will finally be broken,” said race director Wolfgang Konrad.

 

Dennis Kimetto hasn’t finished a marathon since April 2016, but the world record-holder believes that his injury problems are finally behind him and he is looking forward with optimism to this weekend’s Vienna City Marathon.

The Kenyan ran 2:02:57 in Berlin four years ago to break the world record. Of the six marathons he has started since then, he has finished just two of them: a 2:05:50 run to finish third in London in 2015 and a 2:11:44 ninth-place finish, also in London, in 2016.

“After my first London Marathon in 2015, I was injured again and again for more than two years,” said Kimetto, who first injured his quadriceps muscle, then his groin and then his triceps.

“It was only in January this year that we found out why I got all these injuries,” he added. “The reason was a wrong treatment by the physiotherapist.”

Kimetto has since switched to using a physiotherapist in his hometown of Eldoret who also treats former marathon world record-holder Wilson Kipsang. “Since January I have no more pains and no more injuries,” he said. “I can train properly without any problems.”

With regard to possible time goals, Kimetto remained cautious during the press conference. A couple of weeks ago he indicated that he might go for the course record of 2:05:41 set by Ethiopia’s Getu Feleke back in 2014. But with warm weather conditions likely, he has reassessed his goal.

“If the weather is good then I want to run a good time,” he said. “I think 2:07 to 2:08 would be good.”

Last year’s runner-up Ishmael Bushendich and fellow Kenyan Nicholas Rotich could both produce strong performances on Sunday.

Bushendich has a personal best of 2:08:20, but the 26-year-old clocked 2:08:42 in Vienna last year, despite difficult weather conditions.

“Dennis Kimetto is here, so he is the favourite,” said Bushendich when asked if he intends to go one better than last year. “It is the first time I will compete against him.”

With an official best of 2:20:16, set in Toronto in 2016, Rotich is by no means the fastest in the field. In fact, most of his race appearances to date have been as a pacemaker. But having spent the past few years training alongside Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge and world half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor, Rotich has decided it is time to make a name for himself.

“Training together with them, I made up my mind and decided to concentrate on the marathon instead of running half marathons and doing pacing jobs,” said Rotich, who was among the group of pacemakers for Kipchoge’s sub-two-hour project in Monza last year.

“We have done all the long runs and the speed work together,” added Rotich, who is hoping for a time in the region of 2:07 on Sunday. “Kipchoge is a great example, showing that hard work and discipline brings rewards.”

 

World record holder Kimetto snubs London for Vienna Marathon

World record holder Dennis Kimetto will run the Vienna City Marathon on April 22, organisers announced on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old Kenyan’s decision is a coup for the Vienna race, held on the same day as the London Marathon which usually draws the sport’s biggest names.

Kimetto will be the first world record holder to take part in the Vienna race, which began in 1984, and his inclusion is part of director Wolfgang Konrad’s strategy to raise the international profile of the event.

“While our motto is ‘35 years of theatre of emotions’ we now have a sort of leading actor for this: an athlete who has extraordinary capabilities and who will be in the focus,” Konrad said in a statement.

Kimetto smashed the world record in 2014, clocking two hours, two minutes 57 seconds at the Berlin Marathon to shave 26 seconds off the record set by compatriot Wilson Kipsang in 2013.

However, he has finished only two marathons since early 2015.

“I was able to train without injuries for a good period,” Kimetto said. “I believe in my capabilities and want to show a strong performance in Vienna. If conditions are good then I want to attack the course record.

“The most important thing is that after several disappointing races in the last two years I can achieve a good marathon result again.”