2012 TIU Hannover Marathon: Olympic Champion Reuben Kosgei intends to make major step in marathon, courtesy of www.race-news-service.com, note by Larry Eder

Reuben Kosgei, 2009 Vienna Marathon,
photo by PhotoRun.net

Reuben Kosgei is an Olympic champion. In an event that Kenyans see as a virtual birthright, Reuben Kosgei won his gold medal at the Sydney Olympics, in the steeplechase. He showed up, ran and delivered. That can not be taken away from him.

Now, Reuben Kosgei has decided to take his prodigious talents and focus on the marathon. He has had some success, but the big question will be on May 6, when he lines up for the TUI Marathon Hanover, how fast can he go?

Let's put it this way, Reuben is 1-2 at the marathon distance. He finished his second marathon, in 2:11.22, just one second behind the winner.

We wish Reuben good luck and look forward to hearing his results in the 2012 TUI Marathon Hanover!

Olympic Champion Reuben Kosgei

intends to make major step in the marathon


Reuben Kosgei finally wants to make a major step in the marathon. Kenya's Olympic Steeplechase Champion from Sydney 2000 will run the TUI Hannover Marathon on 6th May and hopes to significantly improve his personal best.

The elite fields look strong enough to break the course records on the very flat course. The TUI Marathon Hannover is Germany's newest IAAF bronze label road race.


For the first time the TUI Marathon Hannover will feature an athlete of the calibre of Reuben Kosgei. The 32 year-old, who also was World Champion in the Steeplechase in 2001, had run his first marathon attempt in Vienna in 2009. In warm conditions he did not finish the race. In the autumn of that year he had a second go at the distance and had more success. In Florence he finished second with 2:11:22, beaten by just one second.


Coming to his third marathon Reuben Kosgei is said to be preparing with much more intensity than before. "We really hope that he can significantly improve his personal best in Hannover," said Christoph Kopp, who is the Elite Race Coordinator of the TUI Marathon Hannover.


There will be strong opposition for Reuben Kosgei in Hannover. The fastest in the field will be Nixon Kipkoech Machichim. The Kenyan ran 2:08:22 when placing fourth in the Toronto Marathon in 2010. This year he has already competed in the Mumbai Marathon, where he placed fifth in 2:11:37. Three more runner with personal bests of sub 2:10 will be in the field on 6th May: Kenyan Edwin Kutto, who is the brother of the reigning World Marathon Chamapion Abel Kirui, has achieved 2:08:57 in Eindhoven last year. Amos Matui (Kenya/2:09:35) and Botoru Tsegaye (Ethiopia/2:09:57) are the other two. The two-year old men's course record from Yussuf Sangoka (Kenya) stands at 2:08:52.


In the women's race the course record will be the target as well: Last year's winner Georgina Rono (Kenya) is the holder of this one with 2:31:19. Ethiopia's Fatuma Sado will be the favourite on 6th May. The winner of the Hamburg Marathon in 2011, who has run 2:28:01 in that race, intends to run the first sub 2:30 time in the history of the TUI Marathon Hannover. Her strongest rival could be the experienced Leah Malot (Kenya), who has a personal best of 2:29:17. Halima Hassen Beriso (Ethiopia/2:32:42) and Natalya Puchkova (Russia/2:33:02) could also play a part.



More information about the TUI Marathon Hannover is available online at: www.marathon-hannover.de


Service by: www.race-news-service.com

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