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Tuesday, 10 February 2015 16:11

Priscah Jeptoo To Defend Her RAK Half Marathon Title

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Priscah Jeptoo will defend her title with course record holder Mary Keitany also on the starting line. Priscah Jeptoo will defend her title with course record holder Mary Keitany also on the starting line. PhotoRun.net


The RAK Half Marathon in the UAE on February 13 will, yet again, feature a line-up of some of the top road runners in the world. In the women’s race, Priscah Jeptoo (66:11) will defend her title, while course record holder and two time winner Mary Keitany (65:50) will also return. Both athletes are building up for the London Marathon on April 26. Two more runners looking for more good fortunes in this race are 

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 women’s start list.

The men’s race is headlined by Kenya’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, Ethiopia’s Mosinet Geremew and Kenya’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).

—Courtesy EME News

 

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