Kenya’s Emmanuel Mutai will lead one of the strongest and fastest field of elite runners ever assembled at the 37th edition of the Valencia Marathon that will be held on Sunday (19) in Valencia, Spain.
Mutai who comes with a personal best of 2:03.13 that he got at the 2014 Berlin Marathon will battle for honors with four Kenyans and two Ethiopia with the four having run under the 2:06 mark and the two under 2:07 mark.
The four Kenyans led by Sammy Kitwara who has a PB of 2:04.28 that he got at the 2014 Chicago Marathon after coming second behind the 2017 Aims male award Eliud Kipchoge with Bernard Koech who finished position five with 2:04.53 at the 2013 Dubai Marathon.
Two more Kenyans Evans Kiplagat who finished third placed at the 2016 Berlin Marathon behind Wilson Kipsang with Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia winning that race. Runner up at the 2015 Berlin Marathon Eliud Kiptanui of 2:05.21 will also be title contenders.
Ethiopians will be led by Aberu Kuma Lema who shot to lime light at the 2014 Berlin Marathon when he crossed the line in third position with 2:05.56 with the Deribe Robi Melka who finished second at 2015 Marathon Eindhoven.
The race organisers pulled such a rich field of world class athlete to try and lower the course record of 2:06.13 that was set in 2015.
- Emmanuel Mutai (KEN) 2:03.13
- Sammy Kitwara (KEN) 2:04.28
- Bernard Koech (KEN) 2:04.53
- Evans Chebet (KEN) 2:05.31
- Eliud Kiptanui (KEN) 2:05.21
- Aberu Kuma Lema (ETH) 2:05.56
- Deribe Robi Melka (ETH) 2:05.58)