Defending champion Henry Sugut produced a result at the Vienna City Marathon that fitted to the occassion. It was the 30th edition of Austria’s biggest sporting event and the 27 year-old Kenyan added a piece of history to the event by becoming only the second athlete to win for a third time. Back in the 80ies it was Austria’s Gerhard Hartmann who triumphed even three times in a row, from 1985 to ’87. But of course the quality of the fields in those times can not be compared with today’s standards. Hartmann’s best time in Viennawas 2:12:22while Sugut needed to run around four minutes faster today. He clocked 2:08:19in fine but warm weather conditions. In a race dominated by Kenyans Solomon Kiptoo was second with 2:08:34while Geoffrey Ndungu took third in 2:08:42.
20,000 runners will descend upon the world’s oldest annual marathon when the 117th running of the Boston Marathon takes place this Monday LIVE at 9:30 AM ET on-air and online. Reigning champions Sheron Cherop and Wesley Korir of Kenya return to Boston for this legendary event and face a talented field including Americans Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher, and Ethiopian Gebre Gebremariam.
The pre-race press conference of the 33rd edition of the ABN AMRO Marathon Rotterdam, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, saw some impressive times being touted around on Friday (12), not least by the Ethiopian favourite Getu Feleke.
It was a year ago when the Vienna City Marathonwas simply “Su gut!”. Henry Sugut clocked an Austrian allcomers record of 2:06:58 to win the race. Asked if the marathon had been a success the answer in Austrian dialect was simply: “Su gut!”, meaning “So good!”. When the 30th edition of the nation’s biggest and best quality road race will take place this Sunday it could even be better. Kenya’s defending champion will return to the Vienna City Marathon. In total ten runners are on the start list with personal bests of sub 2:10. Among them is Jafred Kipchumba (Kenya). With a PB of 2:05:48he is the fastest runner ever entered into the Vienna City Marathon. The women’s field looks strong as well. Half a dozen runners have achieved times of sub 2:28so far. Adding other events – among them a half marathon with Ethiopia’s superstar Haile Gebrselassie – a record total of 40,957 runners have entered the Vienna City Marathon, which is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.
Reigning champions Wesley Korir and Sharon Cherop, both from Kenya, will return to defend their titles at the 2013 John Hancock Boston Marathon on 15 April, as organisers for the IAAF Gold Label Road Race announced the race's elite fields on Wednesday (10).