Kenya’s Georgina Rono will be the hope for the East African country at the 7th edition of the Guangzhou Marathon that will be held on Sunday (9) in Guangzhou, China.
The 37 year-old started off the season winning the Lattelecom Riga Marathon where she smashed the race course record with over four minutes when she cut the tape in new course record of 2:28.32 erasing the previous record of 2:31.46 that was set by Ethiopian Bekelech Bedada Daba. This was Rono’s fastest performance since 2014 and the fourth fastest of her career.
Rono who carries on her shoulder a personal best of 2:21.39 that she got at the 2012 Frankfurt marathon, will battle for the honors with Ethiopia’s Mulu Seboka, with whom Rono faced in last year’s edition.
The more experienced Seboka who is the 2014 winner and has run in more than forty seven marathons since her debut in February 2003 comes to this race with a personal best of 2:21.56 that she got in 2015 Dubai Marathon.
She won the Doha Marathon in January last year and clocked a season’s best of 2:28:52 to finish third in Dongying in May 2017.
“There are younger runners coming through making it harder by the day,” said Rono. “But I always focus on my training and my own strength in entering these international competitions. I believe I still have something to offer and that is winning.”
Another title contender is Anne Bererwe who will battle with the two for the first podium finish.
The 35-year-old improved her best time by more than one minute to finish second in Chongqing marathon early this year where she clocked 2:27.18.
The three runners have been put together to try and lower the race course record of 2:25.12 that was set last year by Rahma Tusa from Ethiopia.