Dennis Kimetto


Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto once again could not hold his horses as he had earlier said as he dropped at the 35th edition of the Vienna City Marathon that was held on Sunday (22) in Vienna, Austria

Kimetto, who ran a world record of 2:02:57 in Berlin 2014, was hoping to rekindle his career in Vienna after a series of injury frustrations, was unable to match his past exploits in the race and had to make another disappointing drop from the competition.

The 34-year-old has not finished a marathon since London in 2016 and suffered another disappointing day as he also dropped out in Vienna.

Kimetto was clearly limping as he lost touch with the leading pack around halfway through the race and he dropped out after one hour and 20 minutes.

Dennis Kimetto runs through the Gendarmenmarkt 40 kilometers into the 2014 Berlin Marathon.PHOTO: KIRSTEN KORTEBEIN

Kimetto has struggled since mid-2015 and could not reproduce his dominant form from the years before only finishing two marathons. Those in the know will recall Kimmetto breaking the world record in emphatic fashion and it will be difficult to see any athlete breaking that record. Although the marathon stage is replete with superstars like the current London marathon winner Eliud Kipchoge and new entrant into marathon Sir Mo Farah, it will not be a walk in the park.

His most notable result was a third place in London in 2015 with 2:05:50. A year later he was ninth in London with 2:11:44.

Salaheddine Bounasser from Morocco was the surprise winner of the race he set a personal best of 2:09.29 and was followed by Ishmael Bushendich from Kenya thirty four minutes later with Samwel Maswai also from Kenya closing the first three places.

The race course record of 2:05.41 that was set in 2014 by Getu Feleke from Ethiopia remains intact.