When Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot won the Commerzbank Frankfurt Marathon, in his debut at the distance last year, there was a bit of confusion, since there was already a very famous compatriot, Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, who had already won the Boston Marathon four times, and a Robert Kiprotich Cheruiyot, who had run 2:08:13 back in 2003. Sure enough, when the following day’s news ‘cuttings’ came in from around the world, half the pictures were of the ‘Boston’ Robert K. Cheruiyot.

He, ‘Kipkoech’ then became a Muslim, and changed his name to Omar Ahmed, but it hasn’t really stuck.  “Nothing to do with me,” laughed ‘Kiprono’ this morning, back in Frankfurt to defend his title on Sunday (25th).

Fortunately the third Robert K isn’t running as well as he was six years ago. Nevertheless, we’d just better be alert to our Cheruiyots….Read More

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