Felix Limo is intending to show that he is still among the world’s finest marathoners when he takes to the start line at the Vienna City Marathon on 18 April.
Limo, 29, has a career best of 2:06:14 from his 2004 victory in Rotterdam, and ran sub-2:07 in 2006 as well with a 2:06:39 run to win in London. Besides his big city credentials, Limo, the World record holder in the 15Km with 41:29, can also claim to have never lost to World record holder Haile Gebrselassie in the marathon. The pair have met twice over the distance and on both occasions Limo was ahead of the Ethiopian legend. The Kenyan, who can also boast big city Marathon victories in Berlin and Chicago, is now fully mended from back injuries that hampered his 2009 season.
But Limo will have to be near his best to win at the race’s 27th edition. He’ll face his fellow countrymen Luke Kibet, the 2007 World champion, and Paul Biwott, who has 2:07:02. Others in the hunt include Kenyans Wilson Kigen (2:08:16) and Joseph Maregu (2:09:25) and Ethiopian Mesfin Ademasu (2:09:32).
Their target will the 2:07:38 course record set by Abel Kirui, the reigning World champion, in 2008.
The race will be streamed live at www.vienna-marathon.com beginning at 8:40 local time.
Organisers for the IAAF