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Nancy Kiprop, Dennis Kimetto and Bounasser meet Austria President (PHOTOS)

Nancy Kiprop and Salaheddine Bounasser, the winners of the Vienna City Marathon, received extraordinary congratulations on their victories a day after the IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

They were invited to the Vienna Hofburg by the President of Austria Alexander van der Bellen, a once in a lifetime experience. Kenya’s World record holder Dennis Kimetto and the best Austrian runners were also present during the 30 minute reception.

“The Vienna City Marathon is symbolic for running together and for fair play. I have huge respect for the achievements of the athletes,” said Austria’s President. As Alexander van der Bellen explained, he had never done well in sports when at school. “However there was one event that I was good at. It was long distance running. But at school this meant running just one kilometre!”

Although turning 39 in July Nancy Kiprop has no plans to end her career anytime soon. “The future looks promising,” the Kenyan said two days before winning the Vienna City Marathon with a personal best of 2:24:18 in very warm conditions. After the race she said that she would like to come back to Vienna again next year to go for a hat trick on 7th April, which no woman has ever achieved in the 35 year history of the Vienna City Marathon.

Nancy Kiprop and as well as world record holder Dennis Kimetto together with the President of Austria Alexander Van der Bellen. PHOTO: VCM / Leo Hagen

“I have done the training to run 2:22 and break the course record. This was the goal. But once more we were unlucky with the weather. I tried, but it was getting hotter and hotter,” said Nancy Kiprop, who hopes to go again for the 2:23:47 course record next year. In 2017 she won the Vienna City Marathon with 2:24:20 in very windy conditions.

Winning in Vienna for a second times will help Nancy Kiprop further developing a venerable project. “With the money I earned for winning the Vienna City Marathon last year I was able to open a school which is around 20 kilometres from Iten, where I train. It is called the Nancy Kiprop School. I have employed four teachers and we have four classes for ages between four and seven at present. There are 50 children in the school now”, explained Nancy Kiprop, who also supports ten talented children with regard to a future running career.

“After winning the Vienna City Marathon for the second time my plan is to further extend the school. I hope to be able to open more classes and accommodate children up to the age of 15,” said Nancy Kiprop.

 

Dino Sefir to battle world record holder Dennis Kimetto in Vienna

World record holder Dennis Kimetto will face some strong challengers at the Vienna City Marathon on 22nd April.

The Kenyan, who established the current global record in Berlin in 2014 with 2:02:57, hopes for a successful comeback in Vienna after a series of injury problems. Among his rivals in Austria’s biggest one-day sporting event are Ethiopia’s Dino Sefir and Ishmael Bushendich of Kenya, who missed out on victory in last year’s race by just two seconds.

A total of seven runners on the start list feature personal bests of sub 2:10. The Vienna City Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

Behind Dennis Kimetto it is Dino Sefir who has the second fastest personal best in the field. The 29 year-old smashed his PB in Dubai in 2012 when he was second with a world-class time of 2:04:50. A year earlier he had improved significantly in the half marathon when he clocked 59:42. While he could not match these sort of times in the following years he showed good consistency on a fine level.

In four marathons Dino Sefir clocked times between 2:08 and 2:09, winning in Barcelona as well as in Ottawa two years ago. Additionally he was eighth in the high-class 2017 Boston-Marathon.

Returning to Vienna is the runner-up from last year: Ishmael Bushendich was involved in the closest race ever in the history of the Vienna City Marathon, which will see its 35th edition next week. With a time of 2:08:42 he crossed the line just behind fellow-Kenyan Albert Korir.

While he knows the course in Vienna he probably returns with increased confidence after taking the Lisbon Marathon last autumn with 2:10:51. The 26 year-old has already won five marathon races during his career: Enschede and La Rochelle in 2012, Ljubljana in 2014, Toronto in 2015 and Lisbon last October.

Another contender who won a marathon last year is Abrah Milaw. The 30 year-old Ethiopian took the race in Stockholm with 2:11:36. Milaw features a personal best of 2:07:46 from Dubai 2014. Samwel Maswai ran his debut marathon in Vienna back in 2009 and then improved to 2:08:52 in Berlin four years later.

While he will return to the Austrian capital it will be a first start at the Vienna City Marathon for Dominic Ruto and Birhanu Addisie. Ruto ran his first sub 2:10 time in Rome two years ago when he was third with 2:09:28. A year ago the Kenyan returned to the race and improved to 2:09:08, this time finishing as the runner-up.

Now he decided that it was time for a change and opted for the Vienna City Marathon as his major spring race.

Ethiopia’s Addisie ran his current PB of 2:09:27 when he finished second in Rome two years ago, beating Ruto by just one second.