Marathon Madness: Kenyan Champ Returns to Rio Amidst Fierce Rivalry

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– Josphat Kiprotich defends Rio Marathon title

– Clocks 2:13:29, leads Kenyan lineup

– Kiprotich boasts PB of 2:09:08

– Faces competition from Chumba, Chemjor, Tarus, Kirui

Josphat Kiprotich returns to Rio de Janeiro on Sunday to defend his title, spearheading a formidable Kenyan lineup.

Kiprotich clocked 2:13:29 to clinch the title last year.

Samwel Kiptoo (2:14:15) and Uganda’s Benson Karameka (2:17:31) joined him on the podium.

The 34-year-old boasts a personal best of 2:09:08 set on April 24, 2022, at the Enschede Marathon, Netherlands, where he placed fourth behind Tadu Abate (2:07:59) of Ethiopia and compatriots Enock Onchari (2:07:52) and Julius Tuwei (2:07:43).

His impressive resume includes a bronze medal from last year’s Venlo Half Marathon in 59:41 and a silver medal from the 2018 Kenyan Championships in the 5,000m (13:38.26).

Kiprotich will face stiff competition from compatriots Zablon Chumba, Vestus Chemjor, Julius Tarus and Kiprotich Kirui,

Chumba has a 2:07:13 best set at the 2023 Doha Marathon where he placed fifth.

His trophy cabinet includes the 2021 Porto Marathon title (2:08:58) and the 2019 Toulouse Marathon (2:10:38).

The 32-year-old Tarus has a 2:07:35 lifetime best from the 2015 Eindhoven Marathon, where he finished fourth.

Tarus claimed silver at last year’s Qingdao Marathon (2:14:15) and bronze at the Yichang Marathon (2:15:03).

Chemjor is the 2023 Sao Paolo Marathon champion Chemjor, with a 2:15:20 best while Kirui won the 2012 Verona Marathon.

Kirui has a best of 2:08:48 set at the 2018 Paris Marathon where he finished seventh.

His decorated career includes victories at the 2017 Tallinn Marathon (2:09:22), 2012 Verona Marathon (2:11:34), and 2014 Poznan Marathon (2:13:28).

Tough  Opponents 

The Kenyan squad will face challenges from Brazilian runner Gilberto Lopes, who has a PB of 2:16:39 and the Ethiopian duo of Mersimoy Alem and Demiso Gudeta.

Alem, the Sofia Marathon silver medallist, has a PB of 2:14:31, while Gudeta, the 2021 Lagos Marathon bronze medallist, boasts a PB of 2:12:35.

Women Team 

The 2023 Lille Half Marathon champion Emily Chebet headlines the women’s charge where she faces the likes of Betelhem Moge and Haregeweyni Hads from Ethiopia.

Moges is the 2015 Beijing Marathon champion while Hads is the 2021 Firenze Marathon champion.

Josphat Kiprotich (born 12 June 1990) is a Kenyan long distance runner.

He won a gold medal in the 10000 metres at the 2008 World Junior Championships in Athletics, setting a new championship record of 27:30.85 in the process.

 He is the middle of three brothers who are all athletes, Emmanuel Bett and David Kiprotich Bett.

Personal records

10,000 m26:48.993 June 2011Eugene, Oregon
Personal information
Born12 June 1990 (age 34)
EventLong distances
Medal record

Men’s athletics Representing Kenya African ChampionshipsBronze medal – third place2014 Marrakech10000 mWorld Junior ChampionshipsGold medal – first place2008 Bydgoszcz10000 m Commonwealth GamesSilver medal – second place2014 Glasgow10,000 m

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