Eric Kiptanui will be seeking to upset the odds and win the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on Friday on his debut over the distance.
Last year, the 30-year-old won the Barcelona Half Marathon in 61:04, and was part of the pace setters during Eliud Kipchoge's iconic sub-two hour run in the Ineos 1:59 challenge in Vienna on October 12. He had also acted as a pacesetter in the London Marathon won by Kipchoge in April.
Kiptanui, who only became a full-time athlete in 2015 after he quit the Kenya Wildlife Service, says he’s looking forward to doing well in his marathon debut. Ethiopian athletes have won the men's race in Dubai for the last eight years.