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Ethiopia vs Kenya in Xiamen marathon

01 January 2014, 09:13

Xiamen - The 2014 Xiamen International Marathon, to kick off on Thursday, is likely to be a battle between Ethiopian and Kenyan runners on men's side, and the winners of the last two years are in the race.

As the first IAAF Gold Label Road Race of 2014, the 12th Xiamen International Marathon expects fresh start of the year and is looking forward to new records. The course record of men's group has been broken for each of the last five years and this year it is possible to tumble again.

Ethiopia's Negari Terfa clocked 2:07:32 for the win and setting the current course record in 2013, while Kenya's Peter Kamais was fastest in 2012 in 2:07:37, with both times being both personal bests as well. The 30-year-old Terfa had another win at the Rome Marathon in 2:07:56 back in March of 2013.

Besides, there are three athletes in the race with faster personal bests. Terfa's compatriot, 25-year-old Endeshaw Negesse has the fastest best of 2:04:52 from Dubai 2013 and he also won in Florence in 2012 in 2:09:59. Kenyans Mariko Kiplagat, Nathaniel Kipkosgei and Elijah Keitany all have personal bests under 2:07 and could challenge.

Xiamen International Marathon, well known as the famous race in Fujian province with its coastal course promises, attracts more than 70,000 runners this year and has become a sports carnival of the garden city.

- Xinhua

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