Meseret Hailu of Ethiopia (66:56) and Elvan Abeylegesse of Turkey (67:07), who have both set national records here in the past. Abeylegesse did so in winning the 2010 race. Philes Ongori (67:38), Worknesh Degefa (67:49), Wude Ayalew (67:58), Mamitu Daska (68:07), Cynthia Limo (68:24) and Josephine Chepkoech (68:53) complete the high quality womenâ€™s start list.
The menâ€™s race is headlined by Kenyaâ€™s Eliud Kipchoge (59:25), another athlete preparing for the London Marathon. 2014 Dubai champ Tsegaye Mekonnen (61:39) will also use this race as a tune-up for London. Seven men is the field have run sub 60, Jonathan Maiyo being the fastest with 59:02. However, Ethiopiaâ€™s Mosinet Geremew and Kenyaâ€™s Cyprian Kotout showed the best form in 2014, clocking 59:11 and 59:12 respectively in New Delhi. The other top male contenders are: Peter Kirui (59:22), Mike Kigen (59:58), Daniel Wanjiru (59:58), Abera Kuma (60:19), Edwin Kiptoo (61:13), Tamirat Tola Adera (61:27), and Demessew Tsega (63:22).
The course records are 58:52 (Patrick Makau, 2009) and 65:50 (Keitany, 2011).
â€”Courtesy EME News