Cybrian Kotut, winner of last year’s Haspa Marathon Hamburg, will compete again in Germany’s biggest spring marathon on April 23. Last year, the Kenyan had improved the Hamburg course record of marathon superstar Eliud Kipchoge, which had stood for around nine years, by 43 seconds in 2:04:47 hours. At the same time, he set a new personal marathon best. Last year, the 30-year-old Kotut already met fast competitors in Hamburg. Even the fourth-place finisher was able to beat the then best time of 2:05:30 hours. Similar strong and interesting competition awaits the Kenyan this year. The Ethiopian Mule Wasihun comes to the Hanseatic city with a personal best of 2:03:16 hours and is thus the fastest runner ever to appear on a Hamburg marathon start list. In addition, his compatriot Muktar Edris will make his marathon debut on April 23. The 29-year-old comes to Hamburg as the 5,000-meter world champion of 2017 and 2019 and has already proven his talent for road races at the half marathon in Valencia 2021 with a world-class time of 58:40 minutes.
In addition, Workineh Tadese and Martin Musau are two familiar faces returning to the Hanseatic city on the Elbe. The Ethiopian Tadese ran last year as third through the finish on the Karolinenstraße. Musau, a Ugandan, won the Haspa Marathon Hamburg held under Corona conditions in 2021.
“After the signing of European champion Richard Ringer and Hamburg’s Haftom Welday, the men’s field grows with more fast guys. In cooperation with our athlete agency Global Sports Communication, we were thus able to put together a world-class field for this year as well, which once again promises an exciting and fast race. We are also looking forward to big names in the women’s race,” explains chief organizer Frank Thaleiser.
Information on well-known international female athletes will follow by the end of March.
For the Everyman race, registrations in the Marathon and Marathon Relay competitions are still possible until March 23.