Hamburg, 1 February 2017. During today’s press gathering the first big names of the elite field at the 32nd Haspa Marathon Hamburg were announced. The two top favourites are world championship winner (2013) and Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich from Uganda and junior world record holder Tsegaye Mekonnen from Ethiopia.
The 22-year old Mekonnen enters the race with the fastest personal best any runner at the Haspa Marathon Hamburg ever had coming in. His PB is set at 2:04:31 from 2014, when he won the Dubai Marathon and set the junior world marathon record at age 19. In Hamburg he will face fierce competition. For the first time in the history of the Haspa Marathon Hamburg, an Olympic marathon champion will be running the streets of the city. Back in 2012 Stephen Kiprotich was the first athete from Uganda to win Olympic gold. In the following year he also won the world championships title in Moscow. This year in Hamburg is will look to smash his PB of 2:06:33 and run sub 2:06.
Who will become the next Hamburg champion? We will find out on 23 April 2017!
This is the male ELITE FIELD 2017:
- Stephen Kiprotich UGA/1989 2:06:33
- Tsegaye Mekonnen ETH/1995 2:04:32
- Guye Adola ETH/1990 debut
- Limenih Getachew ETH/1990 2:06:49
- Joel Kimurer KEN/1988 2:07:48
- Robert Chemosin KEN/1989 2:08:05
- Japhet Kosgei KEN/1988 2:08:08
- Gilbert Masai KEN/1981 2:09:49
- Joshua Kipkorir KEN/1994 2:09:50
- Stanley Koech KEN/1985 2:10:58
- Reuben Maiyo KEN/1991 debut