Lille Half Marathon winner Gladys Chesir of Kenya will debut at the 42nd edition of the TCS Amsterdam Marathon that will be held on Sunday (15) in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The 24 year old comes to this race with a personal best of 1:06.57 that she at the 2016 at the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon where she finished in position five.
Chesir is coached by the renown coach Colm O’Connell who is also the World 800m record holder David Rudisha will be battling for honors with Ethiopia’s Tadelech Bekele but she seems not be worried with her current as she states she has never been prepaired as such.
This time I really want to improve on my personal best,” Said Chesir.
She finished sixth placed at last year’s World Half Marathon Championships in a time of 1:08:46.
Bekele has clocked the fastest time of 2:22:23 that she got this year at the Praha Marathon and has been consistent in her running time, having previously clocked times of 2:23.02 and 2:22.51 when finishing fourth in Berlin in 2014 and seventh in Dubai in 2015.
I’ve never been so well prepared,” Bekele said at the press conference.
Another title contender is Caroline Rotich who is also from Kenya and she is a highly experienced and very strong contender in this race coming with a PB of 2:23.22 that she got at the 2012 Chicago Marathon where was finished fifth placed.
The 33-year-old Kenyan has been running the classic distance for more than ten years and has won the Boston, Prague, Las Vegas and Sao Paulo marathons. Her fastest time is 2:23.22, which she ran in Chicago in 2012.
Chesir, Bekele and Rotich will target to lower the course record of 2:21.08 set in 2012 by Meseret Hailu of Ethiopia.
Megertu Ifa has run in Amsterdam before when she finished fourth in 2014. Her performance has progressed in recent years. She competed at last year’s Dubai Marathon where she got a PB of 2:29.45 and she nearly clocked the same time in Hamburg this spring, where she finished second in 2:29.47
A talented athlete on the track, Viola Kibiwot finished fourth in the 5,000 metres at the World Championships on two occasions.
The 34 year-old road racing career got off to a great start with a 31:11 she got when she won the Corrida Pedestre International de Houilles 10 km. this year she made her marathon debut at the Hamburg Marathon where she got a PB of 2:30.22.