Kenyan Rivals To Square Off At Lake Biwa

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 1, 2013
  • Updated Mar. 1, 2013 at 10:40 AM UTC
Vincent Kipruto is the pre-race favorite at the Lake Biwa Marathon. Photo:

It will most likely be Kipruto versus Kirui.

Even though this weekend’s Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon is taking place in Japan, it will most likely be an entirely Kenyan affair.

According to the IAAF, the race will be a matchup between rivals Vincent Kipruto and Peter Kirui.

Kipruto owns a silver medal from the world championships and has smashed the 2:06 marathon barrier three times. In fact, he owns a 2:05:13 PR. However, Kipruto’s marathon greatness is in the past. He hasn’t broken 2:10 in nearly two years.

Kenyans aside, Ethiopia’s Tariku Jufar stands a chance of winning as he ran three sub-2:10 marathons in 2012. Also in the mix is Swiss runner Viktor Rothlin.

For More: IAAF


Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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