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Kipchoge To Make Marathon Debut In Hamburg

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 20, 2013
  • Updated Mar. 20, 2013 at 9:07 AM UTC
Eliud Kipchoge will take on Wilson Kiprop in Hamburg next month. Photo: PhotoRun.net

28-year-old Kenyan moves from the track to the road.

On April 21 in Hamburg, all eyes will be on one fast Kenyan: Eliud Kipchoge.

Kipchoge will toe the line at the Haspa Marathon Hamburg, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

The reason for the attention is that Kipchoge is a marathon debutant. For the past decade, the 28-year-old has established himself as one of the world’s greatest distance runners. In 2003, he won the Junior title at the World Cross-Country Championships.

That same year, he defeated the great Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia to win the 5000m title at worlds.

Since then, Kipchoge has dominated the track, becoming one of just six runners to dip under 13 minutes in the indoor 5000m.

In Hamburg, Kipchoge will face 2010 World Half-Marathon champion Wilson Kiprop. Ethiopia’s Chele Dechasa, whose marathon personal best is 2:06:33, will also be in the hunt.

In the women’s race, Kateryna Stetsenko (Ukraine) has the fastest seeded time in 2:27:51.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com 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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