NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Martin Kosgei will return to Frankfurt
Marathon course on Oct. 28 aiming for gold after he returned
fourth in last year’s race.
Kosgei, 29, says he
was not well prepared last year as he tackled windy conditions
to finish fourth clocking 2:09:39 in a race that was dominated
by Ethiopian runners. The fourth place position fetched Kosgei
6,500 U.S. dollars.
“I want to win the
race this time round. I have experience now and I know the
course very well. I thank the organizers for giving me the
opportunity to return and try and win the race for the third
time,” he said Wednesday in Nairobi.
Kosgei has three
marathon wins to his credit since his debut in 2012. He started
off winning in Salzburg (Austria), Marseille and Lyon (France).
He was second in Hannover and Frankfurt in 2016. This year’s
race will be the third time Kosgei will be attempting to win in
“I believe I have
the strength to do well. Hopefully it will be third time lucky,”
Adola, who clocked 2:03:46 on his marathon debut in the Berlin
Marathon last September losing to Olympic marathon champion
Eliud Kipchoge, has also confirmed his availability to race in
Adola will face
opposition from teammate Kelkile Gezahegn and Kosgei, who
finished second and fourth respectively in last year’s race.
“We are looking
forward to a thrilling men’s race with world-class runners. We
are pleased when athletes of this caliber choose Frankfurt for
their marathon. It is always our aim to present world-class
athletes and at the same time to offer perfect conditions for
every single runner,” said Jo Schindler, the Frankfurt marathon
Adola will be
looking to rebound from a disappointing showing in the London
Marathon where he fell out of contention in the early stages.
will lead a strong Japanese contingent in Frankfurt and German
record-holder Arne Gabius will also compete.
in 2017 also made him the second fastest Ethiopian ever to run
the marathon behind Kenenisa Bekele and ahead of the former
world record holder Haile Gebrselassie.
“I really enjoyed
everything about my marathon debut until the last few kilometers,”
said Adola, whose time also earned him 11th place on
the world all-time list.