KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Uganda’s former Olympic champion Stephen
Kiprotich showed his confidence on Wednesday that he will
perform well at the 2018 Hamburg Marathon on April 29.
“The training I have
been under-going in western Kenya has been very good and I
expect to be at my best. I decided to skip the Gold Coast
Commonwealth Games because I wanted to give the younger runners
chance,” the 29-year old Kiprotich told Xinhua.
Kiprotich, who won a
gold medal for Uganda at the 2012 London Olympics, said that he
has improved greatly in his speed.
“I finished second
in the Hamburg marathon last year, but I want to perform better
this year although I know the competition will be stiff,” he
The Ugandan star
runner, who also won the 2013 World Championship marathon in
Moscow, will however face tough competition from Kenya’s
Emmanuel Mutai, Sammy Kitwara and Vincent Kipruto among others.
champion Tsegaye Mekonnen from Ethiopia will also be out to
prove a point that last year was no fluke.
Fresh from winning
the London Marathon last weekend Kenya’s Eluid Kipchoge who also
holds Hamburg Marathon course record at 2:05:30, set in 2013
will not take part.
President of the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF), told Xinhua
on Wednesday that he is optimistic Kiprotich will perform well
prepared really well and we expect him to perform,” added
He said Ugandan
athletes have started the season well by also winning four
medals at the just ended Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and they
are hopeful Kiprotich will also come out victorious.