NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Veteran Kenyan runner Emmanuel Mutai says he has
what it takes to beat former world and Olympic marathon champion
Stephen Kiprotich when the two meet in the Hamburg Marathon
later this month.
The 34-year old has
been running marathon for over a decade but injuries took the
wind out of his sails and has not been successful in the last
However, he hopes to
return stronger this time and win in the German harbor city.
“At this level of
competition, you will always get stronger challengers. I respect
Kiprotich, but I don’t fear him. I will do my best to affirm my
pedigree as a top marathon runner and claim my spot on the
podium,” he said on Wednesday.
champion Eliud Kipchoge holds the Hamburg Marathon course record
at 2:05:30, set in 2013. It was Kipchoge’s first win in marathon
sand he has gone on to win almost all of the races he has
entered. But Mutai will take the challenge to Kiprotich.
“I have run a faster
time before in marathon sand I will be hoping to gain similar
success in Hamburg. I know there will be a lot of athletes
eyeing the title, but I have the ability to challenge anyone for
the gold,” Mutai said.
Mutai will be the
fastest runner in the field having clocked 2:03:13 in Berlin in
2014, finishing second to Dennis Kimetto, who clocked a world
record time of 2:02.57.
will count for nothing as he comes up against a determined
Kiprotich, who skipped the London and Boston marathon to focus
on improving his personal best time in Hamburg.
There will also be
Sammy Kitwara with more Kenyans - Vincent Kipruto and Stephen
Chebogut - lined up and eyeing a share of the spoils.