World Champion vs. World record holder: Male elite field is announced

By 2. February 2017Allgemein @en

Hamburg, 1 February 2017. During today’s press gathering the first big names of the elite field at the 32nd Haspa Marathon Hamburg were announced. The two top favourites are world championship winner (2013) and Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich from Uganda and junior world record holder Tsegaye Mekonnen from Ethiopia.

The 22-year old Mekonnen enters the race with the fastest personal best any runner at the Haspa Marathon Hamburg ever had coming in. His PB is set at 2:04:31 from 2014, when he won the Dubai Marathon and set the junior world marathon record at age 19. In Hamburg he will face fierce competition. For the first time in the history of the Haspa Marathon Hamburg, an Olympic marathon champion will be running the streets of the city. Back in 2012 Stephen Kiprotich was the first athete from Uganda to win Olympic gold. In the following year he also won the world championships title in Moscow. This year in Hamburg is will look to smash his PB of 2:06:33 and run sub 2:06.

Who will become the next Hamburg champion? We will find out on 23 April 2017!

This is the male ELITE FIELD 2017:

  1. Stephen Kiprotich                           UGA/1989          2:06:33
  2. Tsegaye Mekonnen                       ETH/1995            2:04:32
  3. Guye Adola                                       ETH/1990            debut
  4. Limenih Getachew                         ETH/1990            2:06:49
  5. Joel Kimurer                                      KEN/1988            2:07:48
  6. Robert Chemosin                            KEN/1989            2:08:05
  7. Japhet Kosgei                                   KEN/1988            2:08:08
  8. Gilbert Masai                                    KEN/1981            2:09:49
  9. Joshua Kipkorir                                KEN/1994            2:09:50
  10. Stanley Koech                                  KEN/1985            2:10:58
  11. Reuben Maiyo                                 KEN/1991            debut