NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Hamburg 10km road race defending champion James
Kibet will fight to retain his title against a spirited
challenge from his compatriot Emmanuel Kiprono on Sunday in
Speaking in Nairobi
as he left for Germany, the Kenyan said he has remained injury
free and done well in training.
“Training has been
good and the speed work I have done will help in deciding how
fast I may run in Hamburg,” Kibet said.
Organizers have also
called in Emmanuel Kiprono to compete. Last year Kiprono set a
world leading time at the Paderborn Easter Run with a time of 27
minutes and 26 seconds.
“This is important
for the endurance and preparation for the marathon season
coming. But it is important to do well and seize the opportunity
to represent Kenya at the World Championships in Doha in 2019,”
The best German in
the field will be Sebastian Hendel.
Gichia will be the top candidate in the women’s field. Gichia,
who is planning to run in the Beijing marathon, will be up
against Slovakian Olympian Katharina Beresova and Belgium’s 10,
000 meter champion Hanne Verbruggen. Over 4,500 participants are
expected to compete in the race.