Eric Kiprono Kiptanui

Eric Kiptanui is a marathon newcomer with superb potential. His personal best of 58:42 makes him the fastest half marathon runner ever entered into the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon. Originally a 1,500 m runner the 29 year-old Kenyan made instant impact in international road running.

Coached by renowned Italian Renato Canova he won his first three races: On New Year’s Eve 2017 he took the 10k in Madrid, then Kiptanui clocked 60:05 in his half marathon debut in Lisbon, followed by a phenomenal course record of 58:42 in the Berlin half marathon in spring 2018.

Time and again marathon novices have achieved remarkable victories with superb performances in Dubai. It was only a year ago when Ethiopia’s debutant Getaneh Molle won the race with 2:03:34, a course record. Kiptanui looks capable of continuing this tradition. Additionally he might be the one who can end the Ethiopian win streak in Dubai which began back in 2012.





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