Kenya’s Cyprian Kotut prevailed in the final sprint against debutant Stephen Kissa from Uganda to smash the race course record at 36th edition of the Haspa Marathon that was held on Sunday (24) in Hamburg, Germany.
The 30 year-old who came to this race with a personal best of 2:07.13 that he got at the 2016 Paris Marathon where he took the honors, lived to his expectations of targeting the race course record of 2:05.30 that had been set by World Marathon record holder, Eliud Kipchoge in 2013. Kotut trounced Kissa with a powerful kick, setting a new course record of 2:04.47 which is also his personal best.
Kissa who was making his marathon debut, was forced to settle in second but managed to smash the Ugandan National Record (NR) with a time of 2:04.48.
Ethiopia’s Workineh Tadesse closed the podium three finishes when he crossed the finish line under the old course record in a new personal best of 2:05.07.
- Cyprian Kotut (KEN) 2:04.47
- Stephen Kissa (UGA) 2:04.48 (NR)
- Workineh Tadesse (ETH) 2:05.07