Delhi Half Marathon: World champions Geoffrey Kirui, Almaz Ayana star attractions
World men’s marathon champion Geoffrey Kirui and Ethiopian women’s distance running star Almaz Ayana will lead the field in the Delhi Half Marathon. Kirui won the marathon in the London world championships while Ayana is the reigning world and Olympic champion.other sports Updated: Nov 02, 2017 23:12 IST
World men’s marathon champion Geoffrey Kirui and Ethiopian women’s distance running star Almaz Ayana will lead the field in the Airtel 13th Delhi Half Marathon to be held here on November 19.
Kenyan Kirui won the marathon at the London world championships and is familiar with the circuit that takes thousands of runners past important landmarks in the Capital.
Kirui finished sixth in 2015 in a personal best of 59:38 in the 21 km event.
Reigning women’s world Olympic and world 10,000m champion Ayana will be running in India for the first time. The focus will be on whether the Ethiopian -- she set a 10,000m world record in the Rio Games – can carry her front-running style from track to road.
Kirui, the Boston Marathon winner in April, faces a strong challenge from compatriot Jorum Okumbo and Ethiopia’s Yigrem Demelash.
The men’s course record is 59: 06 and the women’s record was set in 2009 (1:06.54).
Ayana’s biggest rival will be compatriot Worknesh Degefa, the defending champion and the fastest in the field with a personal best of 66:14 set in 2016.
The winners of the elite races will receive a prize money of USD 27,000 each.