Watch out for Kenya’s Amos Kipruto overshadowed by the publicity on Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge and former world record holder Wilson Kipsang hitting the headlines in the media ahead of Sunday’s Berlin Marathon.
Kipruto has been overshadowed in the media by race favourites Kipsang and Kipchoge but he is raring to go and cause an upset to the bigwigs.
Kipruto who may not be chasing for the world record like his compatriots Kipchoge and Kipsang is aiming for a win.
Kipruto who is under the “2 Running Club” banner will be up against Iten-based Kipsang (with a personal best time two hours, three minutes), who is managed by Volare Sports Management and Kipchoge (2:03:05), who is under Global Sports Communication in Kaptagat who are both eyeing a world record.
He is confident after his training session went on well without any incident and is optimistic he will do well on Sunday.
Based in Kapsabet, Nandi County, Kipruto might be the next world beater going by his record lately.
He started the season well after participating in his first World Marathon Majors race in Tokyo where he emerged third with his compatriot and training partner Dickson Chumba winning the race.
In 2017, Kipruto won Seoul Marathon after running in 2:05:54 before coming in fifth position in Amsterdam Marathon where he clocked 2:05:43.
Kipruto, who won in his debut marathon at the Rome Marathon (2:08:12) in 2016 said will not be going for the marathon record but wants to be in the podium after 42km.
“I will be targeting to run well and looking forward to lower my personal best because Berlin has a fast course,” said Kipruto.
He also said that his main target in the races is to get experience so that he can calculate how he can also one day be a world record holder.
Kipruto’s Italian coach, Claudio Berardelli, says Kipruto is strong and should perform well in the race.
“Kipruto has exhibited his potential capabilities in his training and I know he is going to perform well on Sunday,” said the coach.