Doubel world 5000m champion Hellen Obiri, will battle World marathon champion Gotytom Gebrselase at the 50th edition of the TCS New York City Marathon, a World Athletics Platinum Race and a World Marathon Major competition that will be held on Sunday (06) in New York.
Gebrselase comes to this race with second fastest time on paper of 2:18.11 that she got at 2022 World Athletics Championships where she broke the championship record. Gebrselase also took the honors at 2021 Berlin Marathon in a time of 2:20.09 and was also third at the Tokyo Marathon where she ran her second fastest time of 2:18.18.
“Winning the World Championships was like a dream. I am honored to run my next marathon in New York. Its home to the biggest marathon in the world, and many athletes have run there. I understand it’s a challenging course, and I am looking forward to seeing further success there,” said Gebrselase.
The 27 year-old will face off with Obiri who will be making her marathon debut in New York. The Kenyan won two Olympic silver medals in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and Tokyo 2021, and the world Cross Country title in Ahrus in 2019. The 32 year-old also won the world silver medal in 10000m in Eugene last July. On the road, Obiri finished second when setting personal best of 1:04.22 at the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon and won two half marathon races in Istanbul in 1:04.48 and at the Great North Run in Newcastle in 1:07.05. Over shorter road distances, she won the 10 km Great Manchester Run. Obiri moved from Ngong to Boulder to start training with three-time Olympian Dathan Ritzenheim and the two-time world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat, who live in Boulder,Colorado.
“Everyone has been welcoming, and the training environment is perfect. Training is very similar in Kenya. The biggest challenge has been being away from my family, as I miss them a lot. I have often watched the New York race on TV and seen my Kenyan colleagues compete there. I know that New York is a tough course, but I hope my experience on the track, cross country and the roads will help me navigate the ups and downs,” said Obiri.
Another title contender is Kiplagat who holds three World Marathon races in New York in 2010, London in 2014, and Boston in 2017. The 42-year-old finished fourth at the 2022 Boston Marathon with a time of 2:21.40 smashing her own personal best of 2:19.50 that she got at the 2012 London marathon.
The 2020 Tokyo Marathon winner, Kenyan-born Israeli Lonah Chemtai Salpeter comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 2:17.45. Salpeter won the bronze medal in Eugen with a time of 2:20.18. On the track, Salpeter won the gold medal in the 10000m at the2018 European Championships in Berlin and the European bronze medal over the same distance in Munich 2022. Salpeter hopes that the world bronze medal in Eugene will be a springboard for a top-three finish in her debut at the New York Marathon.
“It has been my dream to compete at the New York Marathon for a long time. I am just looking to try and achieve another podium,” said Salpeter.
The 2015 world 5000m silver medallist, Senbere Teferi will be looking to become the first Ethiopian to win the New York Half Marathon, the New York Mini 10 km, and the TCS New York Marathon in the same year.
Another top athlete to watch is Viola Cheptoo, who finished second in New York last year in a time of 2:22.44. The 33 year-old is the younger sister to former 1500m and 5000m world champion Bernard Lagat, also finished sixth at the Boston Marathon in 2:23.47 and won the Naples Half Marathon in 1:06:47 in 2020.
Newcomer Sharon Lokedi from Kenya will return to New York, where she set her personal best in half marathon of 1:08.14 last March.
United States Marathon National record holder Keira D’Amato, will carry the hopes of her country as she comes to this race with a personal best of 2:19.12 that she got in January in Houston.
The line-up also features Emma Bates who was second in Chicago in 2021 with a time of 2:24.20 and seventh at the World Championships in Eugene where she got her personal best of 2:23.18.
The 2019 Rotterdam bronze medallist United States Aliphine Tuliamuk will also be on start line up as she comes to this race with a personal best of 2:26.50.
|LONAH CHEMTAI SALPETER||33||ISR||2:17:45|
|RUTH VAN DER MEIJDEN||37||NED||2:29:30|
|MOLLY (CULVER) ROBERTS||31||USA||2:30:20|