NAIROBI, (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s
Mark Korir is yet to atone for his disappointing show at the 2015 World Marathon
Championship in Beijing and hopes a good performance at the Frankfurt Marathon
on Oct. 30 will silence his critics.
31-year-old, a former Paris Marathon champion, was the only Kenyan to finish the
race in Beijing at position 22, but he wants to take his challenge to his rivals
in the German city and hopes he will be successful.
regret the Beijing race because I had done everything well in training. But I
hope this race in Frankfurt will be another chance to prove to anybody who still
doubts my potential that I have it and am able to win big city marathons,” he
said in Nairobi on Friday.
come up against world championships bronze medalist Tadese Tola (Ethiopia), last
year’s runner-up Lani Rutto and former world 10,000m bronze medalist Moses Masai.
second in Germany’s oldest city marathon six years ago while Rutto took
runner-up honour last year in 2:06:34.
2009 world championships bronze medallist in the 10,000m, who is hoping to use
the fast Frankfurt course to help translate his track success to the marathon.
The 30-year-old has a 2:10:36 best from 2014.
In the 2010
edition, Tola went into the lead nine kilometres from the finish but couldn’t
shake Kenyan Wilson Kipsang, who went on to break the world record in the
marathon three years later.
marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir’s first serious marathon outing is expected
to attract substantial attention in the women’s race.
will face Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska, Ethiopian-born German Fate Tola and Kenya’s
Sarah Chebet. Daska won the women’s title in 2011 clocking 2:21:59, still the
32-year-old’s personal best.
expected to make an impact include Kenya’s Sarah Chebet, who won the Enschede
Marathon in June, clocking 2:27:59.