The 15 men plotting for Eliud Kipchoge at the Berlin Marathon

PREVIEW: The 15 men plotting for Eliud Kipchoge at the Berlin Marathon

Abigael Wafula 03:00 - 23.09.2023

Kipchoge will have to dig deep for a win due to the quality field that has been assembled.

Four-time Berlin Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge is set to make his sixth appearance in the German capital on Sunday with the hope of bagging his fifth title.

The double Olympic champion has a beautiful resume with records of excellence in the streets of Berlin and he would want to keep up the same trend but he faces a stern test from other 14 men who will also be lining up.

He has set world records twice on the same and will be hoping for a repeat of the same but he will have to dig deep for a win competing against such a quality field.

One particular threat of his is Amos Kipruto, the 2022 London Marathon champion, who will be eyeing a win. He has raced in Berlin once, in 2018 where he finished second behind the man of the moment.

The two also clashed at the 2022 Tokyo Marathon where Kipruto finished second behind Kipchoge again. As they head to Berlin, it is uncertain who will take the win.

Another one that poses a threat to Kipchoge’s chance of making a mark is Jonathan Maiyo, the third-fastest in the field with a Personal Best time of 2:04:56.

The Kenyan finished fourth at the Hannover Marathon earlier this year and will be hoping to bounce back better at the Berlin Marathon.

Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea also returns to the streets of Berlin refueled to do better after failing to finish the race during last year’s edition of the event. The former World champion also has a history of success and will be looking to bounce back to winning ways.

The Ethiopian charge will be led by Tadu Abate, Andualem Shiferaw, and Haftu Teklu all seeking to shine on the international stage and take the glory back to their country.

With such a quality field, Kipchoge will have to work hard to secure a win despite having mastery of the course.