The steeplechase specialist is looking for improvement over 26.2 miles.
Even though he’s conditioned to running as fast as possible under two miles with large barriers in the way, steeplechase runner Reuben Kosgei of Kenya, who won gold in Sydney at the 2000 Olympics, is now turning to the marathon.
The race Kosgei has selected is the Hanover Marathon in Germany. He is hoping for a new course record there.
His first marathon attempt was in 2009 in Vienna that resulted in a DNF. Later that fall, he placed second in the Florence Marathon with a personal best of 2:11:22.
“We really hope that he can significantly improve his personal best in Hannover,” remarked Christoph Kopp, the Elite Race Coordinator of the Hanover Marathon.
But winning in Hanover won’t be easy for Kosgei. Nixon Kipkoech Machichim, also of Kenya, is entered with a 2:08 marathon PR.
Machichim has already run a marathon this year, placing fifth at the Mumbai Marathon with a 2:11:37. Three more runners in the field have personal bests under 2:10.
The Hanover Marathon will be held on May 6th.
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