Kenya’s Jacob Chesari Kirui will lead a powerful contingent of runners to the 14th edition of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon that will be held on Sunday 15th January 2017.
Chesari who trains in Iten was fourth placed last year at the same race crossing the finish line with a time of 2:11.59 three minutes late after the race winner fellow Kenyan Gideon Kipketer who cut the tape with 2:08.35 which is the fastest course time.
The 33 year old who has a personal best of 2:07.46 leads five other Kenyans to battle for honor at Mumbai Marathon.
Another Kenyan to feature in the race is Samuel Mwaniki who comes into the race with a personal best of 2:08.56 that he amased at the Marrakech marathon in 2015.
When we reached to him on Thursday morning after his morning run, he said, “I thank God for this day because he woken me up feeling great and am from my morning run. my body is in great shape with no injuries to worry me about.
Nyahururu is my training ground and am looking forward for the race day, I leave everything to my Maker who is the creator of heaven and earth and everything in it, I have prepared well and the remaining part I leave it to my God.
Am very hopeful to perform well but as you know everyone has prepared himself for that the day. The best will take the race”. Mwaniki concluded.
Other Kenyans to feature in the race are Levy Matebo who is the second fastest runner in the lineup and has a pb of 2:05.16 that he got at the 2011 Frankfurt marathon, Duncan Maiyo born in Iten but trains in Kaptagat has pb 2:09.25 he got last year in October at Eindhoven marathon while Alphone Kigen from Kapkony training camp in Elgeyo Marakwet has pb of 2:09.49
Ethiopian Ayele Abshero is the fastest man on the start line who will be looking to make an impact at the race after finishing second last year.
The 26 year old has a pb of 2:04.23 he got in 2012 at the Dubai marathon. He leads two more fellow countrymen, Seboka Dibaba who is the third fastest on the line with a pb of 2:06.17 while Yekeber Bayabel has a pb of 2:09.39.
Tanzanian Alphonce Simbu comes with a pb of 2:09.19 while Vitaliy Shafar of Ukraine has a pb of 2:09.38.
Kipketer the winner of last year will not defend his title.
Ayele Abshero (ETH) 2:04:23
Levy Matebo (KEN) 2:05:16
Seboka Dibaba (ETH) 2:06:17
Jacob Chesari (KEN) 2:07:46
Beraki Beyene (ERI) 2:08:27
Samuel Mwanki (KEN) 2:08:56
Alphonce Simbu (TAN) 2:09:19
Mesfin Teshome (ETH) 2:09:24
Duncan Maiyo (KEN) 2:09:25
Vitaliy Shafar (UKR) 2:09:38
Yekeber Bayabel(ETH) 2:09:39
Alfonce Kigen (KEN) 2:09:49