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Koech eyes course record in Haspa Marathon title defence

Haspa Marathon Hamburg champion Benard Koech believes he has what it takes to defend his title during the 38th edition of the event on April 28.

Koech, 36, said he is also keen on lowering the 2:04:09 course record he set last year. It is also his personal best time while he has a best time of 59:10 over 21km.

Around 26,000 runners will parade on the streets of Hamburg, featuring both fun runners and elite athletes.

Koech said: “I am looking forward to another impressive performance in the city of Hamburg. I have prepared adequately for the race and I’m confident I have what it takes to set a new course record.”

“Last year’s victory was a huge boost to my career, especially coming at a time I was smarting from grave personal challenges and a lengthy layoff owing to the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic,” he added.

Koech, who flew the country’s flag at the 2013 World Championships, must, however, prepare to fend off a pool of talented challengers including compatriots Samwel Mailu and Martin Musau.

“I’m expecting intense competition as has been the case in the past but I believe I have trained well enough to contain any kind of rivalry,” added Koech.

Koech said he believes has what it takes to shatter his record.

“I prefer racing in the Hamburg Marathon due to its quick course. Hopefully, I can improve my current personal best,” Koech remarked.

(02/20/2024) Views: 318 ⚡AMP
by Tony Mballa
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Haspa Marathon Hamburg

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