Marathons

Haspa Marathon Hamburg on Sunday: Stephen Kiprotich targets fast time

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London’s Olympic Marathon Champion Stephen Kiprotich is ready for a fast race at the Haspa Marathon Hamburg on Sunday. The 28 year-old from Uganda hopes for a 2:06 time in Germany’s biggest spring marathon. And he insists that his friend and training partner Eliud Kipchoge would be happy for him to break his course record. Back in 2013 Kipchoge won his debut in Hamburg, bringing the course record down to 2:05:30. While he is one of five sub 2:07 runners on the start list the favourite for the women’s race is Jessica Augusto. The Portuguese will go for Rosa Mota’s 32 year-old national record of 2:23:29 on the fast Hamburg course. Meanwhile the London Olympic Marathon Champion Tiki Gelana of Ethiopia has had to withdraw because an injury. Around 16,000 runners have entered the 32nd edition of the Haspa Marathon Hamburg. “More and more elite runners realize that we can offer them very good conditions for running a fast time. This explains why the fields are so strong,” said race organiser Frank Thaleiser.

Vienna City Marathon on Sunday: Deribe Robi eyes fast time

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Deribe Robi eyes 2:05 to 2:06 time in Vienna - Ten runners feature personal bests of sub 2:10 in what is likely the best ever men’s elite field in the history of the Vienna City Marathon. Depending on weather conditions organisers hope for a winning time of 2:06 or may be a bit faster with the current course record standing at 2:05:41. „If the weather is fine I want to run 2:05 or 2:06 on Sunday,“ said Deribe Robi during today’s press conference in Vienna. With a personal best of 2:05:58 the Ethiopian is the second fastest runner on the start list behind Kenya’s Eliud Kiptanui (2:05:21).

LONDON MARATHON LIVE THIS SUN., APRIL 23, AT 3:30 AM ET ON NBCSN AS NBC SPORTS GROUP’S MONTH OF MARATHON COVERAGE CONTINUES

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Coverage Available with New Direct-to-Consumer offering, NBC Sports Gold’s “Track & Field Pass”, Content Presented As Part of Recently-Announced Olympic Channel Partnership among NBCUniversal, the IOC, and the USOC

STAMFORD, Conn. - April 20, 2017 -NBC Sports Group presents live coverage of the London Marathon this Sunday, April 23, at 3:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage will be streamed live on NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass,” as well as on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Universal HD will present an encore of the race Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.

Vienna City Marathon: Shuko Genemo ready for another fast race

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A year after battling high winds during the Vienna City Marathon Shuko Genemo is back in the Austrian capital. Despite the severe conditions in 2016 the Ethiopian won the race with a personal best of 2:24:31. Now she hopes for better conditions this time to further improve her personal best. However a possible attack on the course record of 2:23:47 might again depend on the weather. The Vienna City Marathon, which will see its 34th edition on Sunday, is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

Chicago Marathon Champion Abel Kirui Tackles London Again

Written by Sabrina Yohannes (RunBlogRun).

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" I need London" is what Abel Kirui told RunBlogRun writer Sabrina Yohannes. Remember that for Sunday, because Abel might not be on few journo's list, but Abel Kirui should be considered. Here's Sabrina's story on Abel Kirui.