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Swiss record holder Tadesse Abraham will run his next marathon in Austria. Organisers of the Vienna City Marathon confirmed the start of the 36 year-old who holds a personal best of 2:06:40 and was runner-up in the European Championships’ marathon in Berlin last summer.
Returning to Vienna will be the winner of the race from 2016, Robert Chemosin. Kenneth Keter is another Kenyan who can challenge Tadesse Abraham in the Austrian capital.
Including running events at shorter distances staged parallel to the marathon, organisers expect more than 40,000 athletes for the 36th edition of the Vienna City Marathon. Entries for this IAAF Gold Label Road Race – the highest category in international road running – are still accepted online at: www.vienna-marathon.com
For Tadesse Abraham it is about bouncing back in Vienna. He competed at the Dubai Marathon in January, but did not reach the level he had hoped and trained for. Instead of breaking his personal best he had to be content with a 2:09:50 performance and tenth place in the United Arab Emirates. Since Tadesse Abraham is the fastest runner on the current start list he will run in Vienna with a different goal: “My main aim will be to win the Vienna City Marathon. However I want to run a good time as well,” said Tadesse Abraham, who could become the first European male winner of the race for 18 years. Back in 2001 Luis Novo of Portugal took the race with 2:10:28. Since then there were only African winners in Vienna.
“It is too early to speak about possible time goals, but I want to run faster than in Dubai,” said Tadesse Abraham, who travels to his training camp in Addis Ababa this Wednesday. Apart from a 15k test race in Switzerland in mid March he will stay in Ethiopia until a few days before the Vienna City Marathon.
Originally from Eritrea, Tadesse Abraham received Swiss citizenship in June 2014. Since then he has been among the very best European marathon runners. With a seventh place in the Olympic race in 2016 Abraham was the strongest European in Rio. Qualifying for the Games in Tokyo next year is a major goal for the European half marathon champion from 2016.
A faster time than Abraham’s Dubai result will most certainly be needed to be in contention for victory in Vienna on 7 April. A runner who has the advantage of knowing the course and how to win in the Austrian capital is Robert Chemosin. In very windy conditions the Kenyan took the race in 2016 with 2:09:48. “This is the beginning of a new life for me,” Chemosin said after his triumph in Vienna. A year earlier he had shown that he can run considerably faster when he was runner-up in Warsaw in 2:08:05. The 30 year-old also holds a very good half marathon personal best of 59:19.
Another strong contender is 22 year-old Kenneth Keter. The youngster from Kenya ran a fine debut marathon in Frankfurt last October despite windy conditions, taking fifth place with 2:07:34. He will be eager to improve his time when he runs his second marathon in Vienna.
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World half marathon record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei will run her debut at the full distance in Hamburg on 28 April this year.
The marathon debut of the 25 year-old Kenyan is one eagerly awaited in international road running. The organisers of the Haspa Marathon Hamburg also confirmed that Abel Kirui will compete in the men’s race. The Kenyan has won two World Championship gold medals and an Olympic silver. He intends to attack Eliud Kipchoge’s course record on 28 April.
“We are extremely proud to welcome these two outstanding athletes among many other promising elite runners to our race. It will be fascinating to see what immediate impact Joyciline Jepkoskei can have in the marathon. In contrast Abel Kirui has so much experience. We hope that he can use this well and produce something special on our fast course,” said chief organiser Frank Thaleiser.
Joyciline Jepkosgei achieved a sensational breakthrough in 2017, when she broke a total of six world records. Four of those came in one race: the Kenyan won the half marathon in Prague in 64:52, passing 10k in 30:05, 15k in 45:37 and 20k in 61:25. Later in the year she improved her 10k global record to 29:43 and then established the current world half marathon record of 64:51 in Valencia.
When Joyciline Jepkosgei now turns to the marathon there is a parallel to the greatest runner of the distance ever, Eliud Kipchoge. The Kenyan Olympic Champion and world record holder also ran his debut in Hamburg. Back in 2013 Kipchoge won the race with a course record of 2:05:30 that still stands today.
However Jepkosgei did not think about Kipchoge when she opted for Hamburg. “My manager Gianni Demadonna and my coach Gabriele Nicola both told me that Hamburg has a fast and flat course,” said Joyciline Jepkosgei, who hopes “for a good debut” on 28 April. “I would like to achieve a time of around 2:22. But there are still two months of preparation to come. I have to wait and see how my body reacts to the training. Once I am a week away from the race I will see in what kind of form I am. Then I will determine my final goal.”
Since the beginning of the year Joyciline Jepkosgei has started training for her marathon debut under the guidance of her new coach Gabriele Nicola. If Jepkosgei, who usually trains with male pacemakers, can build good form in the coming weeks Hamburg’s course record could be within reach. Maybe Jepkosgei can then follow in the footsteps of Kipchoge by breaking it in her debut in Hamburg. Ethiopia’s Meselech Melkamu holds this mark with a time of 2:21:54 from 2016.
According to Abel Kirui the men’s elite race will definitely see an attempt to break the course record. “I am focussing on Hamburg. The race will be a big challenge for me as I want to break Eliud Kipchoge’s course record. It will not be easy as it is a 2:05 time. However I really want to do it. It will be a big show,” said the 36-year-old Kenyan, who won world marathon titles in 2009 and 2011. Kirui, who holds a personal best of 2:05:04, also took the silver medal in the Olympic marathon in 2012. A year ago he was fourth in London and then seventh in Chicago, clocking sub 2:08 times in both races.
The Linker Oevert Marathon (BEL) will take place on Sun 20 October 2019, not Sun 13 October 2019 as previously published.
The world running organisation the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) is delighted to recognise the Kenyan athlete Peres Jepchirchir with the AIMS World Record Award.
Peres broke the Half Marathon World Record, setting a time of 1:05:06 at the Ras al Khaimah Half Marathon on 10 February 2017. Peres has since taken time away from the sport to start a family, recently returning to competition. While the record was broken a month later by her compatriot Joyciline Jepkosgei, AIMS has a proud tradition of recognising every World Record since 1985.
Joyciline was presented with her AIMS World Record Award in October 2018. She received the award in advance of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon in recognition of her Half Marathon World Record of 1:04:51 set at the Medio Maraton Valencia Trinidad Alfonso EDP on 22 October 2017.
Haitham Mattar, CEO of the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority and Nathan Clayton, Race Director of the Ras al Khaimah Half Marathon presented Peres with her award as part of a pre-race media event in advance of the Ras al Khaimah Half Marathon on Friday 8 February.
The time of 1:05:06 was recognised as the world record by the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) and by AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races which represents over 447 distance running events in 117 countries and territories). AIMS set the world record criteria for performances on the road later adopted by the IAAF.
AIMS President Paco Borao commented: “We are delighted to see Peres’ achievement recognised with the AIMS World Record Award. Everyone at AIMS, our members and sponsors would like to pass on their congratulations.”
Peres Jepchirchir commented: “I am very pleased to be presented with this award. Being back at the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon brings back so many special memories for me. I would like to thank AIMS for presenting me with this trophy on behalf of their members and sponsors around the world.”
Nathan Clayton, Race Director of the Ras al Khaimah Half Marathon commented: “We are very pleased to welcome Peres back to the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon where she set the World Record. It was a very special moment in the history of our event. We would like to thank AIMS for helping make this presentation possible.”
Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority said: “We are delighted to see how the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon secured its place as one of the most sought after half marathons in the world, with professional athletes such as Peres Jepchirchir setting their best results. We look forward to welcoming our guests to enjoy both a world class racing experience and the hospitality that Ras Al Khaimah has to offer.”
The Marathon Vert D’Agadir (MAR) will take place on Sun 31 March 2019, not Sun 21 April 2019 as previously published.