Friday, June 21, 2024

Kenya: Lokedi, Jepchirchir, Kosgei, Obiri in Conflict of Titans in New York

New York, Usa — Letesenbet Gidey, Peres Jepchirchir, Brigid Kosgei, Sharon Lokedi and Hellen Obiri star in a stacked girls’s discipline for the TCS New York Metropolis Marathon, a World Athletics Platinum Label street race, on Sunday.

Anticipate fireworks as a number of the all-time greats conflict on the hunt for an additional main victory. In an open males’s race, Tamirat Tola goes up in opposition to Shura Kitata, Albert Korir, Cam Levins, Abdi Nageeye and Maru Teferi.

Kenya’s Lokedi gained when making her marathon debut in New York final yr, pulling away within the last two miles to triumph in 2:23:23. She returns to defend her title however given the energy of her opposition, it will likely be removed from a stroll within the park.

“Final yr, I got here into the TCS New York Metropolis Marathon with the aim of being within the thick of the race, and the end result was higher than I might have ever hoped for,” Lokedi stated when being introduced for the race. “This yr, I am returning with a unique mindset, hungry to defend my title and race in opposition to the quickest girls on the planet.”

They embrace former world record-holder Kosgei, Olympic champion Jepchirchir, Boston Marathon winner Obiri and Gidey, the ten,000m and half marathon world record-holder who ran 2:16:49 final yr in Valencia.

After marathon wins in Chicago, London and Tokyo, Kenya’s Kosgei makes her debut in New York.

The two:14:04 she ran in Chicago in 2019 remained the world file till Tigist Assefa clocked 2:11:53 in Berlin in September and now Kosgei sits third on the world all-time record after Sifan Hassan improved to 2:13:44 in Chicago final month.

Able to embrace the hills of New York, Kosgei returns to marathon motion for the primary time since April, when she dropped out of London. Previous to that, she gained the Tokyo title in a course file of two:16:02 in March 2022.

Her compatriot Jepchirchir’s most up-to-date marathon victory was additionally achieved in 2022, when she gained in Boston within the April. She completed third in London a yr later and most lately retained her world half marathon title in Riga.

Jepchirchir, who ran 2:17:16 in Valencia in 2020, additionally gained the Nice North Run half marathon in September however on the pre occasion press convention in New York she defined how she skilled a calf subject throughout coaching final weekend so will wait till the day earlier than the race to determine whether or not she’s going to line up.

If she does take to the beginning line, she can be joined by her compatriot Obiri and Ethiopia’s Gidey.

Obiri completed sixth when making her marathon debut final yr in New York however the two-time world 5000m champion went on to win in Boston and can be hoping to make use of that have to her profit.

“I am coming to New York this yr with extra confidence and looking for a title,” she stated.

Gidey’s 2:16:49 in Valencia in December was the quickest girls’s marathon debut in historical past and he or she was second on that event.

Now her focus is on victory. Gidey’s first race after that marathon debut was on the World Cross Nation Championships in Bathurst in February however a fall within the closing levels, whereas she was main, dashed her gold medal desires.

She returned to the rostrum on the World Championships in Budapest, ending second within the 10,000m.

It’s not solely that quintet who will hope to make an affect in New York. The sphere additionally options Kenya’s two-time world champion Edna Kiplagat, who completed fourth in Boston and New York final yr, plus 2021 Boston runner-up Mary Ngugi-Cooper and 2021 New York runner-up Viola Cheptoo, in addition to USA’s Molly Huddle and Kellyn Taylor, who completed within the prime eight in New York in 2017, 2019 and 2021.

-Tola quickest man within the race-

Tola is the quickest within the males’s discipline along with his PB of two:03:39 recorded in Amsterdam in 2021, however competing on a course like New York’s is about greater than fast occasions.

Ethiopia’s 2022 world champion does have related expertise, nonetheless, as he completed fourth in New York in 2018 and 2019.

After his world title win in Oregon, he completed third in London in April and defended his world crown in Budapest however dropped out when not in competition.

He rebounded with a win on the Nice North Run in September and now goals for the fourth marathon win of his profession to this point.

Trying to deny him can be his compatriot Kitata, as he goals to go one higher than his runner-up finishes in New York final yr and in 2018. The two:06:01 he ran in 2018 stays the third-fastest time in race historical past, whereas he additionally gained in London in 2020 however his most up-to-date marathon result’s the 14th-place end he recorded in Boston in April.

Kenya’s Korir returns seeking to regain the title he gained in 2021. Additionally runner-up in New York in 2019, he completed fourth in Boston earlier this yr and seventh in New York final yr.

Dutch record-holder Nageeye completed third in New York final yr, following a fifth-place end in 2021 – the yr during which he claimed Olympic silver in Sapporo. He additionally didn’t end his race on the World Championships in Budapest, however clocked 2:05:32 to position third in Rotterdam in April.

There was medal success for Israel’s Teferi in Budapest, nonetheless, because the European silver medallist turned the world silver medallist. He races the New York Marathon for the primary time however did contest the town’s half marathon in March, ending thirteenth in 1:03:41.

North American record-holder Levins, in the meantime, will hope to construct on his fifth-place end in Tokyo, the place he ran that space file of two:05:36 in March.

They are going to be joined on the beginning line by Ethiopia’s Jemal Yimer, who completed fourth within the half marathon on the World Highway Working Championships in Riga and was third within the 2021 Boston Marathon.

Edward Cheserek, who gained the Copenhagen Half Marathon in 59:11 in September, makes his marathon debut.

Main entries


Brigid Kosgei (KEN) 2:14:04

Letesenbet Gidey (ETH) 2:16:49

Peres Jepchirchir (KEN) 2:17:16

Edna Kiplagat (KEN) 2:19:50

Mary Ngugi-Cooper (KEN) 2:20:22

Hellen Obiri (KEN) 2:21:38

Viola Cheptoo (KEN) 2:22:44

Sharon Lokedi (KEN) 2:23:23

Kellyn Taylor (USA) 2:24:29

Fantu Jifar (ETH) 2:25:45

Molly Huddle (USA) 2:26:33

Solange Jesus (POR) 2:28:15

Sydney Devore (USA) 2:31:08

Marie-Ange Brumelot (FRA) 2:33:19

Meriah Earle (USA) 2:34:19