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Stephen Kiprotich 5th in Hamburg marathon


Kiprotich fell off the pace and finished 5th. PHOTO VIA @Koerpergold

1. Solomon Deksisa ?? 2:06:34 2. Tadu Abate ?? 2:06:54 3. Ayele Abshero ?? 2:07:19 4. Solomon Yego ?? 2:07:37 5. Stephen Kiprotich ?? 2:07:57

Hamburg, Germany | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda’s former World and Olympic Champion Stephen Kiprotich has finished 5th in his second Haspa Hamburg International Marathon Sunday morning.

Kiprotich clocked 2:07:57 in a race won by Ethiopia’s  Solomon Deksisa in 2:06:34. Shitaye Eshete (Bahrain) won the women’s event in 2:24:51.

Last year, Kiprotich clocked 2:07:31 to come second behind another Ethiopian, Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Mekonnen 2:07:26 .

Kiprotich was in the leading pack up to the 35 kilometer point when he lost the lead and dropped back.

The elite runners, including Kiprotich, will share 300,000 Euros (Sh1.16 billion). Marathons are long-distance running races with an official distance of 42.195 kilometres, usually run as a road race.

Kiprotich,28, has won two major global titles but victory in a big city marathon is still missing so far in his running portfolio. He however did win the Enschede marathon in 2011 with 2:07:20, before his 2012 Olympic and 2013 World Championship victories.


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