Wednesday, February 8th, 2023

KIPLAGAT AND KORIR TO LEAD KENYAN STARS AT NEW YORK MARATHON THIS SUNDAY


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Two-time world champion Edna Kiplagat and defending champion Albert Korir are expected to light up the 51st New York City Marathon on Sunday.

Kiplagat, who has competed in all the six World Marathon Majors series races, must be at her best to counter Ethiopia’s Gotytom Gebreslase, who has enjoyed an excellent past two years including winning the 2021 Berlin Marathon and gold at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene.

New York, Boston, Chicago, Berlin, London and Tokyo as well as Olympic Games and World Championships form the WMM series.

So far, Edna has competed in all the six WMM races, twice at the World Championships and the Olympic Games –a feat no athlete on the planet has achieved save for America’s Shalane Flanagan, who did it for fun last year.

Gebreslase also finished third in the 2021 Tokyo Marathon and will once again be one of the favourites in the Big Apple.

The men’s field sees reigning champion Albert Korir return to the scene of his greatest triumph as he aims to retain his title on Sunday.

Having come second in the 2019 edition of the race, the Kenyan ran home first in 2:08:22 to become the 2021 champion and win his third marathon in North America following the 2019 Houston Marathon and 2019 Ottawa Race Weekend.

He will face stiff competition from Kenya’s 2022 Boston Marathon champion Evans Chebet who will be hoping for a second Marathon Major of the year. The 33-year-old holds the fastest personal best in the field having set a time of 2:03:00 in Valencia in 2020.

 

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