Former World marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang has been added to the elite list of the largest marathon in the world the TCS New York Marathon that will be held on Sunday, November 5 in New York City.
The 35 year-old won the New York City Marathon in 2014 in his debut on the five-borough course, cutting the tape in 2:10.59, just seven seconds ahead of Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa. He went on to claim the World Marathon Majors title that year.
Earlier this year he set a new course record at the Tokyo Marathon when he swept off the previous record of Dickson Chumba that he had set in 2014 of 2:05.43 and lowering it to 2:03.58.
Kipsang previously held the marathon world record of 2:03:23, which he ran at the 2013 BMW Berlin Marathon, until Dennis Kimetto broke it at the same event the following year.
The 2012 London Olympic Marathon bronze medalist has run under 2:05 eight times, the most of any runner in history.
“My training was excellent before Berlin, but I had a bad day there,” Kipsang said. “Now, I am very happy and thankful I was given a chance to use my training effort in New York City, and will try to win there as I did three years ago.”
Kipsang will will face off with the defending champion Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea. The 21 year-old became the youngest men’s winner in the history of the New York City Marathon last year, breaking the tape in 2:07:51.
He posted the third-fastest winning time and was the first Eritrean to win the race. In 2015, he became the youngest IAAF World Championships winner and his gold medal was Eritrea’s first ever at the event.
Ghebreslassie was fourth at the Rio 2016 Olympic Marathon and owns a personal best of 2:07:46 from the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon, where he also finished fourth.
The men’s field also includes Lemi Berhanu, the 22-year-old from Ethiopia who won the Boston Marathon in 2016, and has a personal best of 2:04:33 from the 2016 Dubai Marathon, the fastest personal best in the field.
Lelisa Desisa, also from Ethiopia, finished second in New York in 2014 and third in 2015 before failing to finish last year. The two-time Boston Marathon champion owns a personal best of 2:04:45 from the 2013 Dubai Marathon.
Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor also returns. The 24-year-old was the runner-up in 2015 and is a four-time world champion, twice in cross-country and twice in the half-marathon. His personal-best time of 2:06:12 came from his marathon debut in 2012, when he finished third at the Berlin Marathon.
The winners will pocket a cool $100,000.