Kenyan marathon runner Dennis Kimetto (© Getty Images)
Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto, the fastest marathon runner in history, is heading to Glasgow to compete in the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday 4 October.
Kimetto became the quickest marathon runner of all time when he won the Berlin Marathon 12 months ago in a world record of 2:02:57.
In doing so, the 31-year-old sliced 26 seconds off the previous world record time, also set in Berlin in 2013 by his compatriot Wilson Kipsang.
Kimetto has a half marathon best of 59:14, set in Berlin in 2012.
He will be seeking to put Kenya back on top of the podium in Glasgow following victories in 2013 by Ethiopian legend Haile Gebrselassie and then in 2014 by South Africa’s Stephen Mokoka.
Kimetto will also be looking to bounce back to form after failing to finish the marathon at the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015 last month.
He was a farmer before he became a full-time runner and gives much of his hard-earned money back to the community to build churches and schools, and to fund young athletes.
“I help young athletes who are at the start of their running career, because they are like I also 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.”
Organisers for the IAAF