The fastest marathon runner in history, Dennis Kimetto, is coming to Glasgow to compete in the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run on Sunday 4 October. The Kenyan is a major addition to an already stellar line-up which includes Britain’s European 10,000m champion, Jo Pavey.
Dennis Kimetto Takes On Great Scottish Run
Kimetto became the quickest marathon runner of all-time when he won the Berlin Marathon twelve months ago in a stunning 2:02:57. In doing so, the 31-year-old became the first man to break the 2 hours 3 minutes barrier, slicing a significant 26 seconds off the previous world record time set in Berlin in 2013 by fellow Kenyan, Wilson Kipsang.
Kimetto has a half marathon best of 59:14, which he set in Berlin in 2012, and will be seeking to restore Kenya’s dominance at the Great Scottish Run, following victories in 2013 by Ethiopian legend Haile Gebrselassie and in 2014 by South Africa’s Stephen Mokoka. He will also be looking to bounce back to form after failing to finish the marathon at the World Championships in Beijing last month.
Before running full-time, Kimetto was a farmer and he now gives back much of his prize money to his community to build churches and schools, and to fund young athletes. Kimetto said: “I help young athletes who are at the start of their running career, because they are like I used to be in the past and I know how important it is to be helped at the start,” he said. “In the future they are the world record holders and champions, so I find it important to help them.”