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IAAF org: A battle of former champions - Milan Marathon preview

The spotlight of  Sunday’s (4 December) Samsung Milano City

Marathon will be a battle between defending champion Daniel Cheribo and

his Kenyan compatriot Michael Rotich.

Rotich revealed his potential in 2002 when he finished second in

this race behind compatriot Robert Cheruiyot after a breathtaking

sprint in the final metres of the race. Both Kenyans, along with

Italian Daniele Caimmi, clocked 2:08:59 but victory went to Cheruiyot

in an extremely close photo-finish.

Springboard for future Marathon stars.

The Marathon in Milano has always been a springboard for future

Marathon stars. Cheruiyot and Rotich continued their successful road

racing careers the following spring, with Cheruiyot winning the 2003

Boston Marathon in 2:10:11, while Rotich claimed an outstanding victory

in the Paris Marathon with an 2:06:33, still 13th on the all-time list.

Rotich, who was eighth in the 2003 World Championships in Paris and

runner-up in Rotterdam in 2004, returns to Milan after his recent

seventh place showing at rea,- BERLIN-MARATHON in September

(2:10:53) :::