NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Stephen Chebogut says he will use his
underdog status to surprise his opponents in Sunday’s Hamburg
marathon in Germany.
The 33-year-old is
living a dream in marathon running and will be one of the star
athletes as organizers bring together a potent blend of talents,
including former Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich, Sammy
kitwara and Emmanuel Mutai, the fourth fastest marathon runner
“I believe I can run
a marathon best time and you never know, I might be in a fast
group of athletes and run a miracle time of 2:03,” Chebogut said
Chebogut did not
take up athletics until he was 24 and when he was beaten by
three female runners on his marathon debut in Nairobi in 2008,
but he refused to give up.
In 2011 Chebogut
improved his marathon best to 2:08:02 to finish sixth in Paris
and in 2012 he stormed to victory in the Istanbul marathon.
He enjoyed his best
season to date in 2015 winning the Eindhoven marathon in a
lifetime best - which still stands today - of 2:05:52 and also
placed third in the Hamburg marathon.
marred his progress in 2016, but he returned strong last year to
finish second in Paris in 2:06:57 and seventh in Amsterdam
“We always train
seriously and because of this I always know the results will
come,” he says. Mutai carries a weight of expectation as the
fourth fastest marathoner of all time.
His 2:03:13 came in
pursuit of Kenyan Dennis Kimetto when the latter broke the world
record in Berlin in 2014 with 2:02:57. He leads an elite men’s
field for the Hamburg marathon and he is one of five men who
have broken 2:06.
There is also
Kenya’s Sammy Kitwara, whose best is 2:04:28 and the 2012
Olympic marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda.
Abshero (2:04:23) and Solomon Deksisa (2:06:22), Bahrain’s Shumi
Dechasa (2:06:43) as well as the Kenyan pair of Vincent Kipruto
(2:05:13) and a powerful blend of talents will be on the
The Kenyan team
departs from Nairobi on Tuesday for Hamburg.