Nairobi: Former Tokyo Marathon champion Sarah Chepchirchir and Flomena Cheyech will lead Kenya at the international marathon in Shanghai on Sunday.
Both will try to test the record 2:21:52 set by Tigip Tufa from Ethiopia three years ago. However, they must first demonstrate their recovery after injuries, which have panned their forms in 2018.
Chepchirchir said in Nairobi that this year she is looking forward to the competition for the first time in the hope that in Shanghai, a good event will return to the World Cup and the 2020 Olympics.
On the other hand, Cheyech, the former champion of the Commonwealth Games, brought a sturdy season that year, finished the marathon in 19th place with a slow time 2:33:01.
The one who will beat will be the Ethiopian insect. In three minutes she moved away from her best time to finish third in Dubai at 2:19:36, and she decided to 2:27:47 to qualify for second place at the Yellow River Marathon for Yellow River estuary Dongying in China. And the Sunday race will be her third marathon of the year.
Helen Tola Beckele, who will celebrate her 24th birthday the next day, is another woman to watch. Ethiopia has improved its best time each season since it was first introduced in 2015 and has recently dropped to 2:22:48 in Berlin.
The men's race has a starburst, led by former world record holder Dennis Kimetto of Kenya, which remains the biggest hope to break the record 2:07:14 in 2015. IANS
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