Kiprotich targets Hamburg Marathon success

Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich
Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich (R) during an International Championship. Courtesy Photo.

Stephen Kiprotich has promised to be at his best when he competes in the 2017 Hamburg Marathon.

“I am is fine shape to compete for top honors in the Hamburg Marathon,” Kiprotich told this publication before departure on Wednesday night. He traveled with his local manager Godfrey Nuwagaba.

Nuwagaba, also treasurer of the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) confirmed said Kiprotich will be the only Ugandan at the event slated for April 23. “This is a big event which will attract top runners and will take place a day after the London Marathon,” he added.

Kiprotich, the 2012 London Olympics Marathon gold medalist said that he has prepared well enough with other Kenyan runners in Eldoret. The runner who is a Prisons Officer in the Uganda Prisons said after coming 14th at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, he is hungry to win yet more races this season.

Ethiopia duo of Tesfaye Abera and Meselech Melkamu who the men’s and women’s Hamburg Marathon last year. The Hamburg Marathon is one of Germany’s most popular marathons, arguably ranking second behind the Berlin Marathon.

Kiprotich who finished in 17th place in the just concluded World Cross Country Championship  last November pulled out of the 2016 Delhi Half Marathon. Early this month another Ugandan John Kateregga won the 21km Wuhan Marathon in China.