Friday, April 1, 2011

ichael Kipyego is the promising debutant at the 31st ABN AMRO Marathon Rotterdam; Sammy Kitwara will be leading the pace makers

The Kenyan Michael Kipyego has been added as the promising debutant to the broad field of elite athletes at the 31st ABN AMRO Marathon Rotterdam. His compatriot Sammy Kitwara will be leading the pace makers who will ensure the pace on Sunday, April 10 is fast but stable.

3000 metres steeple chase
In 2002 Michael Kipyego (27) conquered the junior world title at the 3000 metres steeple chase. At Grand Prix races, he regularly finished on the podium in this section. His personal best is 8.08.48. He was also impressive as a cross country runner: fourth in the World Championships of 2003 and sixth in 2007.

Kipyego will make the transition to the road this year. Initially he was planning to make his debut at the half marathon in April. However, his training is going so well that he has chosen to make the step to the marathon immediately in Rotterdam. Coach Patrick Sang: "It's amazing how fast Mike has adapted himself to the training. He is also physically ready." Kipyego is training with top athletes such as Emmanuel Mutai (second in London last year) and Bernard Kipyego (in 2009 second at the World Championships half marathon).

Sammy Kitwara
Sammy Kitwara (24) won the CPC Run The Hague in 2009. This year he wasn't able to impress in the city due to problems with his back. However, he is now in top condition again.

The Kenyan Vincent Kipruto (23) is on paper the fastest athlete in the 31st ABN AMRO Marathon Rotterdam (2.05.13). Last year the Kenyan Patrick Makau won in Rotterdam, in the fastest time of 2010: 2.04.48. The course record is in the hands of his fellow countryman Duncan Kibet, who in 2009, delivered the world's best performance in Rotterdam: 2.04.27.

Atsede Habtamu
In the women's section Atsede Habtamu is withdrawn from the race. The Ethiopian does not think her current form is good enough for her to compete in a marathon field that is as strong as the Rotterdam Marathon. Rita Jeptoo remains the fastest women at the start. The 30-year old Kenyan has a personal best of 2.23.38 to her name. That was the time she won in Boston in 2006.