NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Former Seoul marathon champion Sylvester Teimet
of Kenya on Wednesday vowed to beat defending champion Azmeraw
Molalign Bekele of Ethiopia in this Sunday’s Hangzhou Marathon
Teimet, 34, who
settled for fourth spot in last year’s race, clocking 2:10:59,
holds one of the fastest personal best times among the elites
who will be racing in Hangzhou, an IAAF bronze level road race.
The Kenyan holds a
personal best time of 2:06:49, which he set when winning the
Seoul Marathon in 2010.
11-year-long career over the classic distance, the experienced
Kenyan has also collected titles in Shanghai and Gyeongju.
He set the course
record in Shanghai International Marathon of 2:09:01 in 2012
before compatriot Paul Lonyangata improved it to 2:07:14 in
Sunday’s race in
Hangzhou will be his third in China this year, after he placed
seventh at the Yellow River Estuary International Marathon in
Dongying in May and second at the Taiyuan Marathon in early
“I love running in
China. I have rested enough and believe I have the strength to
go for the win in my third marathon this year. There are several
top names to expect, but I always focus on my own strength and
strategy to win the race,” Teimet said in Nairobi.
Chemutai Ngetich, who holds a fast time of 2:25:14 from her
fourth place finish at the Frankfurt Marathon in 2014, will lead
a Kenyan challenge in the women’s race eyeing to improve on her
ninth place finish last year. Not to rule out Anne Cheptanui and
were very strong,” she said. “But it will be different this